Anytime soon, we will see less and less of Adobe Flash Player. Google had already disabled the Flash by default and Microsoft has also expressed that it is pulling out its support to this plugin. But while Adobe still continues to release security vulnerability fixes and users still need this multimedia plugin to stream audio and video content, it is still not the end for the once well-loved freeware software.
Microsoft Edge and Adobe Flash Player
Chrome users still have Adobe Flash Player but they have to enable it to use it for websites that require the Flash to play multimedia files and animation. When Microsoft released the Windows 10 OS, a new browser was also introduced to replace Internet Explorer and was given the name “Microsoft Edge”. Since numerous websites still go for the Flash, those who updated to Windows 10 can still enjoy this plugin when browsing using the Edge.
The good news is, there is no need to install Adobe Flash Player since the new browser comes with the built-in Flash, just like Chrome. All it need is to enable it. The steps are simple. The user just needs to go to “Settings” from the main menu and choose “Advanced Settings”. To enable or disable Flash, the “Use Adobe Flash Player” option can simply be turned off or on.
Internet Explorer and Adobe Flash Player
Adobe Flash Player is also integrated with Internet Explorer for Windows 10. This means that installation is not need and the user can enable and disable it as he or she seems fit. By simply enabling the Flash in Internet Explorer, it is now possible to view rich media content and watch videos that can only be played back from the Flash. However, users are advised to update to the latest Flash Player version to be able to use the plugin. For issues encountered when trying to watch videos using Adobe Flash Player even after verifying that it is installed, check if it is enabled in the browser settings.
Enabling Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer
- Launch Internet Explorer and click on the gear icon found on the upper right of the browser page. Choose “Manage add-ons”.
- From the “Manage add-ons” window, click on “Toolbars and Extensions”
- Select “Shockwave Flash Object”.
- Click the “Enable” button and restart Internet Explorer to enable Flash Player.
Troubleshooting Adobe Flash Player on Internet Explorer
If the Flash is not working properly after enabling it, try to disable ActiveX Controls with these steps:
- Launch Internet Explorer and select the “Tools” menu. If it is not visible, press the “Alt” key. Next, tap on “Internet Options”.
- Switch to the “Security” and select the “Internet” icon.
- Look for “Security level for this zone” and click on the “Custom level” option to access “Security Settings – Internet Zone dialog”.
- Look for “ActiveX controls and plug-ins” by scrolling down and disable “Allow ActiveX Filtering”. When you see the confirmation message “Are you sure you want to change the settings for this zone”, click “Yes” and click “Apply” when given the option.
Adobe Flash Player will still be facing critical vulnerability issues and perhaps, in time, all websites will be using HTML 5. In the meantime, you should still use this plugin while you still can. But if you are looking for Adobe Flash Player alternatives, you sure can find a handful.