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How do I keep the "activate plugins" dropdown hidden when I navigate to a site with plugins with click-to-play enabled?


I have had plugins.click_to_play set to true since it was available. Since Firefox 18, though, every time I navigate to a page with plugins, I always get this dropdown menu: http://kb.mozillazine.org/images/Click_to_Play-ActivateFx17.png

It's pretty obnoxious and distracting, and I would like to keep it hidden until I click the blue lego icon in the address bar, like it always was before Firefox 18. Is there any way to accomplish this so that I don't constantly get this dropdown thrown in my face? Thanks.

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Installed Plug-ins

  • Shockwave Flash 11.5 r502
  • VLC media player Web Plugin 2.0.2
  • Picasa plugin
  • Google Update
  • 5.1.10411.0


  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.2; WOW64; rv:18.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/18.0

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Question owner

Oh wait, I think I see what's going on. I'm noticing that this drop-down doesn't seem to appear if there is a visible plugin element on the page, such as a flash video, which can be clicked on to be activated (example: starbucks.com homepage). But on sites without such a visible element, I get the drop-down (example: http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/tazo-tea). Is what I'm describing the intended functionality, or is this still a bug? Either way, I would like to have it hidden, since the small blue icon is more than sufficient.

gfritzsche 0 solutions 2 answers

Yes, currently the dropdown is only triggered when there are hidden plugins on a page.

However, the click-to-play UI is getting a design overhaul, which should among other things address this being too intrusive.