Windows operating systems have a number of vulnerabilities, and it is known for a fact that Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, and Java are to blame for more than 50% of those vulnerabilities. Nevertheless, many still use these products because they cannot find a substitute or just prefer the functionality. In this article, we will explain how you can enable and disable Adobe Flash Player in the most popular browsers in Windows 7/8/10. This includes Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Microsoft Explorer as well.

Enable Adobe Flash Player

Before we proceed to browsers, we need you to check to you have downloaded, installed, and update Adobe Flash to the latest version available. For Internet Explorer users it will be easier since Flash is integrated into Windows 10 and Windows 8, and updates for it are downloaded automatically with Windows Updates. If you are using another web browser, please make sure that the latest version is installed because Adobe releases new updates for this product rather frequently to patch known vulnerabilities. You can also configure Flash settings as you want before the start.

How to Enable Shockwave Flash Object in Internet Explorer

To check the status of your Flash Player in Internet Explorer, you need to click on “Settings” in the top right corner, then select “Manage Add-ons,” and go to “Toolbars and Extensions.”

Enable Adobe Flash Player Internet Explorer

Here you need to find Shockwave Flash Object and see if it Enabled. Internet Explorer is an aged browser, that is why Flash Player is named Shockwave Flash Object in it.

Manage Flash Player settings in Chrome

Since Chrome 57 Google has removed the page with plugins that could be accessed by typing chrome://plugins in Chrome. So, now it is done differently. Open your Chrome and type:

chrome://settings/content/flash. On this page, you can control Adobe Flash content.

Enable Flash in Google Chrome

If you need to check the version of your Adobe Flash Player, type chrome://components.

Check Adobe Flash update in Chrome

Activate Shockwave Flash in Firefox

To do the same trick in Mozilla Firefox, you need to open Settings and select Add-ons. You will see a new menu with a few tabs: Extensions, Appearance, Plugins, Services. 

Enable Flash in Firefox

Go to Plugins and click on Shockwave Flash. In the drop-down menu that will appear, you can select the preferred setting: Ask to activate, Never Activate, Always Activate.

Enable/Disable Adobe Flash in Opera

Open Opera and type opera://settings. Type flash in the search bar. You will be brought to a menu, where you can disable/enable Flash or set the browser to ask the user each time before running Flash. You can also manage exceptions for particular sites here.

Enable Flash in Opera Browser

Starting from Opera 45, you can enable the left sidebar in the Opera Menu. There will be a cube-shaped icon that opens the Extensions menu. There you can manage all installed extensions including Adobe Flash Player.

Enable Adobe Flash Player in Microsoft Edge

You can easily turn Adobe Flash on and off in Microsoft Edge as well. Open the browser and click on the button with three horizontal dots. Click on Settings.

Scroll down until you see “View advanced settings.” Click it.

In the next menu, you will see a toggleable option named Use Adobe Flash Player. Use the switcher to turn it on or off.

Enable Flash in Edge

This concludes our article on how to enable Adobe Flash Player in popular web browsers. We hope this information will be useful!