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How to enable and disable Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer

Screenshot of my Flash galleryTo be able to use my South Africa photo gallery and some other interactive features on this website, you will need to have Adobe Flash (formerly Macromedia Flash) installed and enabled. Most of the videos and games on the internet require Flash to work. Because Flash has been around since 1996 (see my internet timeline), there's a wealth of fun interactive content out there.

However, it's also used for a lot of animated advertising, which can be extremely distracting. It's a good idea to know how to switch Flash on and off so that you can concentrate when you're trying to research online, but you can still enable Flash for video virals and games when you're not working.

It isn't obvious how you enable and disable Flash, so I've written this guide to help you. This tutorial is written for Internet Explorer 8 but might also apply to other browsers. The key thing is that because Flash is a plug-in rather than part of the browser, you probably won't find the settings under Internet Options.

How to disable Adobe Flash

How to enable Adobe Flash

How to install Adobe Flash

Get Flash Player Most compatible computers have Flash installed, but if your computer is new or you have upgraded the operating system, you might need to install it. For security reasons, you should only download the Flash player software from the official website. The Flash plug-in is free.

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