If you’re using Windows 10 and the new Microsoft Edge browser, you might be wondering how to disable Adobe Flash? By default, Microsoft Edge has native support for Adobe Flash, so it’s always on.
If you need to use Flash while browsing the web, you have nothing to worry about. However, if you are like me and want to disable Flash due to the many security vulnerabilities that keep popping up, then Edge has an easy way to do it.
Turn off Flash in Microsoft Edge
The first thing you need to do is click on the More Actions icon in the upper right corner of the browser window. The icon with three small dots is similar to the Options button in Google Chrome with three horizontal lines.
At the bottom of the dialog box, click Settings. A small window will appear on the right side of the browser window. No more pop-up dialogs! This design element seems to come straight from the Windows 8 Charms bar, which used to appear on the right side of the screen when you moved your mouse cursor to the edges.
In the latest version of Edge, you need to click on the new More button that appears on the left edge of the panel.
In older versions of Edge, you scroll down the page and click View Advanced Settings at the bottom of the panel.
This will load all the settings in the same panel. At the top, you should see the Use Adobe Flash Player option, which should be enabled.
Click on the small toggle button and this option will be set to Off. You have disabled Adobe Flash in Microsoft Edge! Now, if you visit a website that requires Flash, you will receive a message that Flash is not installed.
Troubleshoot Adobe Flash problems in Microsoft Edge
Since Microsoft Edge is still under development, you may encounter some issues that prevent the website from playing Flash content.
Even after making sure that Adobe Flash was enabled on my Windows 10 machine, I stumbled upon a few sites that simply wouldn’t load Flash videos in Edge. I guess this is just a compatibility issue that will probably be fixed in a few months. I also upgraded my Windows 7 PC to Windows 10 so this could be a problem too.
In the meantime, you can go back to opening the webpage in Internet Explorer 11. To do this, simply visit the website and then click the More Actions icon again. This time click “Open in Internet Explorer”.
If you really want Flash to work without using IE, you can try resetting in Windows 10 or doing a full clean install of Windows 10 from bootable media. The Reset option doesn’t take long, so it’s a good first option.
When performing a reset, you need to make sure you choose the option to uninstall everything and then reinstall Windows. Obviously, it’s funny that you have to reinstall Windows to just get Flash to work in the browser, but this is how Microsoft usually works.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to leave comments. Enjoy!