Add, remove and manage plug-ins on Chrome
Plug-ins let you do more with Chrome, such as viewing Flash animations or PDF documents. They also help to make some videos and audio files work better.
Which plug-ins you can use
Chrome comes with plug-ins to run Flash and PDF content. Chrome no longer works with NPAPI plug-ins, so websites that use plug-ins such as Silverlight, Java and Unity might not work on Chrome.
Note: Browser extensions are slightly different from plug-ins. Find out how browser extensions work.
Change plug-in settings
Chrome uses plug-ins by default on a web page unless they are a security risk.
Chrome automatically blocks plug-ins that are out of date or not used by a lot of programs. You can also block plug-ins yourself any time:
- On your computer, click the Chrome menu .
- Click Settings > Show advanced settings.
- In the "Privacy section," click Content settings.
- In the "Plug-ins" section, choose one of these:
- Run all plug-in content: Chrome will run all up-to-date plug-ins.
- Detect and run important plug-in content (default): Chrome will run important plug-ins. Click to play non-essential content.
- Let me choose when to run plug-in content: Chrome will stop any plug-ins from running automatically. You can run specific plug-ins by right-clicking on them and choosing Run this plug-in.
To allow plug-ins for specific websites only, click Manage exceptions.
Turn specific plug-ins on and off
You can turn certain plug-ins on and off at any time.
- On your computer, open Chrome.
- In the address bar at the top, type
chrome://plugins/and press Enter.
- Next to the plug-in that you’d like to use or turn off, click Enable or Disable.
Note: When you visit a page with a plug-in that’s turned off, you’ll see a message that says that the plug-in has been disabled instead of seeing the video or audio that’s on the page.
Troubleshoot plug-in problems
Fix the "The following plug-in has crashed" error message
If you see one of the following at the top of your page, a plug-in used by the page that you're on has become unresponsive or has closed unexpectedly. The message "The following plug-in has crashed" or the plug-in icon .
You can wait to see if the plug-in restarts automatically or force the process to close. To fix the issue, try loading the web page again by clicking refresh .
Use plug-ins on school or work devices
If you’re using Chrome on a work or school computer or mobile device, you might need to contact your network administrator to handle Chrome plug-ins for you.
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