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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?

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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:

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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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: homepage). But on sites without such a visible element, I get the drop-down (example: 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.

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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.