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How do I disable animated GIFs? VERY distracting when trying to read something. I hate them

How do I disable animated GIFs? VERY distracting when trying to read something. I hate them

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You can look at these prefs on the about:config page to see what settings work for you to block autoplay.

  • media.autoplay.default = 5 [0:allow;1:blockAudible;5:blockAll]
  • media.autoplay.blocking_policy = 2
  • media.autoplay.allow-extension-background-pages = false
  • media.autoplay.block-event.enabled = true
  • media.block-autoplay-until-in-foreground

You can open the about:config page via the location/address bar. You can accept the warning and click "I accept the risk!" to continue.


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Steps are given below-

Type "about:config" in the address bar. Click "I accept the risk!" when it comes up. Find "image.animation" using the search box (just type "anim") Double-click "image. animation_mode." In the next box, type ether "once," so the animated GIFs only get one chance to play, or "none" so they never can.

Regards, Rachel Gomez

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luvec said

I appreciate the quick reply from your support staff yesterday. I followed instructions and was able to turn off the GIFs but FOR ONLY ONE TIME. As soon as I exited Firefox, or even the current page and returned to it they were back on. How do I keep them off permanently?

Did the preference get set back to "normal" between the time you closed out of Firefox and the time you re-opened it?

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Note that on some webpages animated GIF images are actually small MP files played with the HTML5 media player. It is also possible to play a sequence of images via JavaScript.

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Preference did not get set back to normal upon exiting FF; still showing as NONE. And if they are indeed MP files played with the HTML5 media player, how do I turn those off?

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I'm talking about the moving images on the CNN home page

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luvec said

I'm talking about the moving images on the CNN home page

It's video. You have to block autoplay in Permissions. By default or only for CNN.

See https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/block-autoplay

Modified by TyDraniu

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You can look at these prefs on the about:config page to see what settings work for you to block autoplay.

  • media.autoplay.default = 5 [0:allow;1:blockAudible;5:blockAll]
  • media.autoplay.blocking_policy = 2
  • media.autoplay.allow-extension-background-pages = false
  • media.autoplay.block-event.enabled = true
  • media.block-autoplay-until-in-foreground

You can open the about:config page via the location/address bar. You can accept the warning and click "I accept the risk!" to continue.


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Thanks TyDraniu! Polish tech people are good :)

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