How to unblock Flash content in Microsoft Edge and manage the way it is loaded

Windows 10 Creators Update brings many improvements and new features to Microsoft Edge. In version 40 and newer, this web browser automatically blocks Adobe Flash Player content and, when a web page tries to run Flash Player, it automatically informs you and asks you to make a choice. Here’s how Microsoft Edge manages Flash content that you will find on the web and how to unblock Flash when you need it to run:

NOTE: This guide is designed for Windows 10 Creators Update, which will be available to all Windows 10 users, for free, starting with the spring of 2017. Previous Windows 10 versions that were released before 2017 don’t have this feature while newer versions do.

Problem 1: When using Microsoft Edge, you are told to download or update Flash Player

It may happen that you need to access one or more websites with Flash content and you get a message saying to update or download Flash Player, like the one below:

Please be aware that some sites may lie to you and try to convince you to download a fake Flash Player which is malware in disguise. You can learn more about such practices and how to protect yourself, from this article: How to infect your Windows PC while browsing the web for free stuff.

However, if the website you are visiting is not malicious, most probably Flash Player is completely disabled in Microsoft Edge, and you should continue reading this tutorial.

Problem 2: Adobe Flash content was blocked in Microsoft Edge

In most cases when you try to run Flash content in Microsoft Edge, you receive a prompt saying that “Adobe Flash content was blocked,” just like in the screenshot below. You have the option to allow this content to run once or always to allow it.

Since Adobe Flash Player is a very insecure piece of software, with a very high number of security vulnerabilities, it is best that you choose “Allow once,” so that you are alerted each time you try to run Flash Player content and make a conscious choice whether to run it or not.

If you don’t choose anything in this prompt and you click elsewhere on the current web page, then the Flash Player content is blocked on that page. If you need to know how to unblock it, continue reading this guide, for the solution.

Fixing problem 1: How to set Microsoft Edge so that it uses Adobe Flash Player

If you encounter the first issues described in this guide and you don’t get a prompt like the one described for the second issue, then Microsoft Edge has completely blocked the use of Adobe Flash Player on your Windows 10 computer or device. To unblock it, click the “Settings and more” button represented by three dots, found in the top-right corner of the Microsoft Edge window. Then, in the menu that opens, click or tap Settings.

Scroll down the list of settings, and press “View advanced settings,” as shown below.

In the list of advanced settings, set the “Use Adobe Flash Player” switch to On.

Fixing problem 2: How to unblock Flash Content on a website

If you have closed the prompt that said “Adobe Flash content was blocked,” without making a choice, then the Flash content on that web page is blocked. When that happens, you see a particular icon in Microsoft Edge’s address bar. It looks like a piece of a puzzle, and it is highlighted in the screenshot below.

This icon is shown in Microsoft Edge only when Adobe Flash Player content is blocked, and it needs your approval to run. Click or tap on that icon and the “Adobe Flash content was blocked” prompt is shown, allowing you to make a choice on whether to run this content once or always.

Make the choice that you deem appropriate.

What do you think about the way Microsoft Edge managed Adobe Flash Player content?

Now you know how to set Microsoft Edge to run Adobe Flash Player content. Before you close this tutorial, share your opinion with us. Do you think that this web browser does a good job? Should Flash Player content get blocked by default? Is it easy for you to set exceptions? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.