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bitterross

(4,066 posts)
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 01:35 PM Jul 2017

PSA, How to Disable Auto-Play in Browser so you don't vomit when Trump is on

Moderators, I think this should be here and not in Computers and Internet.

If you are like me, and want to scratch your eyes and ears away every time a website starts automatically playing Trump I have a possible solution. I couldn't stand to listen to W and now 45 is far worse.

in Chrome, install the extension Disable HTML5 Autoplay

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/20/technology/personaltech/stopping-video-autoplay-on-google-chrome.html

So far this works pretty well.

ON EDIT:

There are instructions for older versions and flash as well - just search for them

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PSA, How to Disable Auto-Play in Browser so you don't vomit when Trump is on (Original Post) bitterross Jul 2017 OP
Thanks...will see how this works. I hate autoplay! CurtEastPoint Jul 2017 #1
Friefox has several approaches: this one is more effective dixiegrrrrl Jul 2017 #2
Thanks for the Firefox help. Lindsay Jul 2017 #6
I have to use Chromium instead of Firefox of late dixiegrrrrl Jul 2017 #7
Works well for me too, most of the time...plus....don't forget about Flash. tableturner Jul 2017 #3
Thanks! I needed this. procon Jul 2017 #4
In Safari you can click a little speaker icon that appears on any tab for a site with autoplay frazzled Jul 2017 #5
Thank you so much! janx Jul 2017 #8

dixiegrrrrl

(60,010 posts)
2. Friefox has several approaches: this one is more effective
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 01:54 PM
Jul 2017

1.
for HTML5 video autoplay in the browser:

Type about:config in the browser's address bar and hit enter.
Confirm that you will be careful if the notification comes up.
Use the search at the top to find the preference media.autoplay.enabled.
Double-click on it.

2.I use Ad-Block to stop known pages from loading video, pages are faster that way.
downside is you have to set Ad-Block for each page until you have them all blocked.

3. Firefox Add On Flashblock leaves the player enabled but put a button in it to start, so you have control.

Lindsay

(3,276 posts)
6. Thanks for the Firefox help.
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 03:21 PM
Jul 2017

Firefox hates videos on my current laptop (something got piggybacked with a download of something or other, and from then on videos had a good chance of crashing the computer); I had to install Chrome for watching videos. But I didn't know how to completely stop autoplay in Firefox.

Until now! So thank you!

dixiegrrrrl

(60,010 posts)
7. I have to use Chromium instead of Firefox of late
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 03:56 PM
Jul 2017

More than a few pages stall FF, and videos that I approve take forever to show, then freeze every few minutes.
chromium does not have that problem.

tableturner

(1,668 posts)
3. Works well for me too, most of the time...plus....don't forget about Flash.
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 01:59 PM
Jul 2017

Go to settings > "show advanced settings" at the bottom > Content settings > Flash > click on "Ask first before allowing sites to run Flash (recommended)".

Together, these will, for the most part, solve your auto-play problems.

procon

(15,805 posts)
4. Thanks! I needed this.
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 02:04 PM
Jul 2017

I can't understand why any web designer would force viewers to endure autoplay videos. I wouldn't want them to play in a workplace or in most public places, and not even at home where I value my peace and quiet. I hate it when some videos start playing from an unknown tab, or elsewhere in a page that I've long since scrolled past and then I've got to hunt it down and kill it. The loud audio is always grating, it startles the furry folk, and my SO gives me those one-eyed, baleful glares when they interrupt his siesta. Looking forward to try this.

frazzled

(18,401 posts)
5. In Safari you can click a little speaker icon that appears on any tab for a site with autoplay
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 02:18 PM
Jul 2017

Turns the sound off in the blink of an eye (er, blink of an ear?).

janx

(24,128 posts)
8. Thank you so much!
Tue Jul 4, 2017, 06:12 PM
Jul 2017

I downloaded some other extension that was supposed to have fixed the problem, but it didn't work. Most of the time, I just like to read my news. If I want to see a video, I am willing to put up with some advertising (though I hate it).

Auto play is there to cram advertising down our throats. Very frustrating.


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