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Adjust website content settings

You can choose how Chrome handles things like cookies, images, and Flash media, by adjusting your content settings. These settings control what content websites can show you and what information they can use as you browse.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  4. Under "Privacy," click Content settings.
  5. You can change the following content settings:
    • Cookies. Cookies are files created by websites you visit. They make your online experience easier by saving browsing information. Learn more about managing cookies.
    • Images. Images are allowed by default.
    • JavaScript. JavaScript helps make sites more interactive.
    • Handlers. Chrome allows web services to ask if you’d like to use them to open certain links. For example, certain links can open an email program. If you're using Gmail or Hotmail, this setting lets the site handle links that would otherwise open a program outside your browser.
    • Flash. The Adobe Flash plugin lets you hear and see audio and video content. By default, Chrome asks if you want to run Flash when you visit a page using it. Learn more about using Flash.
    • Pop-ups. By default, pop-ups are blocked from showing up automatically. Learn more about managing pop-ups.
    • Location. By default, Chrome asks you if a site can see your exact location information. Learn more about sharing your location.
    • Notifications. Some websites, like Google Calendar, can show notifications on your computer desktop. By default, Chrome asks you if a site can show notifications. Learn more about notifications.
    • Microphone. Some sites can ask to use your camera and microphone. Learn more about using cameras and microphones.
    • Camera. Some sites can ask to use your camera and microphone. Learn more about using cameras and microphones.
    • Unsandboxed plugin access. Some sites need plug-ins so they can let you do things like stream video or install software. By default, Chrome asks you if a site's plug-in can bypass Chrome's sandbox to access your computer.
    • Automatic Downloads. If you want to download multiple files from a site, choose whether to download them automatically or not.
    • MIDI devices full control. Some websites want to use System Exclusive (SysEx) messages to gain full access to MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) devices.
    • USB devices. You can connect a website to a USB device, which lets the website control and record information from the device. Learn more about pairing Chrome with USB devices.
    • Background sync. If your computer goes offline during a task (like a chat message or photo upload), some sites can finish the task when the computer is back online. The sync will happen in the background, even if you leave the website.
    • Zoom Levels. You can set how much you zoom in to certain websites. Learn more about zooming in or out.
    • PDF Documents. By default, Chrome opens PDFs in the Chrome PDF viewer. To use your computer's preferences for PDFs, check the box next to "Open PDF files in the default PDF viewer application."
    • Protected Content. Choose to let Chrome play protected content. Also, on Windows or Chromebooks, choose to allow sites to see necessary information about your device. Learn more about protected content.

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