From an expert: Enabling Flash Player

From an expert: Enabling Flash Player
Chris Campbell


For an HTML5 version of the video above, see Enabling Flash Player on Internet Explorer.

  1. Click the Tools icon in the upper-right corner of Internet Explorer. (The icon looks like a gear.)

    Click the Tools icon
    The Tools icon is in the upper-right corner.

  2. In the pop-up menu that appears, click Manage Add-ons.

    Click Manage Add-ons
    Choose Manage Add-ons from Tools menu.

  3. In the dialog box that appears, select Toolbars and Extensions.

    Select Toolbars and Extensions
    Select Tools and Extensions as the Add-on Types from Manage Add-ons dialog box.

  4. In the list of Add-ons, look for “Shockwave Flash Object” (another name for Flash Player).

    In the Status column, check to see whether Shockwave Flash Object is Disabled. If it is disabled, click the row for Shockwave Flash Object to highlight it.

    Select Shockwave Flash Object
    Shockwave Flash Object as the Add-on Type. The Flash is in Disabled status.

  5. In the lower-right corner of the Manage Add-ons dialog box, click Enable.

    Click Enable
    Click Enable in the lower-right corner.

  6. Close the Manage Add-ons dialog box.


If you continue to encounter problems viewing rich media content after completing these steps, see the FAQ on ActiveX filtering in Internet Explorer.