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I have installed Adobe Flash Player successfully but I do not see it in m y list of Plug-Ins

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I have installed Adobe Flash Player successfully but I do not see it in m y list of Plug-Ins

According to the Adobe Test Page I have installed the Flash Player plug-in successfully but I do not see the Flash Player listed in my plug-ins.

I see Adobe Reader and Adobe Shockwave Flash listed but no Adobe Flash Player.

Why isn't this plug-in showing up?

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Re: I have installed Adobe Flash Player successfully but I do not see it in m y list of Plug-Ins

(Adobe) Shockwave Flash is the Flashplayer plugin. You have version 11.1 r102 installed which is the latest version. Adobe is reponsible for the name, not Mozilla.

Do not confuse Flashplayer with "Adobe/Macromedia Shockwave player" as it is an older, but still used, product. Adobe is responsible for the confusing names, not Mozilla. Shockwave player (which it appears you do not have installed), would show under your Plugins as "Shockwave for Director". There are links to information about the two products here --> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Adobe_Flash_software


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Re: I have installed Adobe Flash Player successfully but I do not see it in m y list of Plug-Ins

(Adobe) Shockwave Flash is the Flashplayer plugin. You have version 11.1 r102 installed which is the latest version. Adobe is reponsible for the name, not Mozilla.

Do not confuse Flashplayer with "Adobe/Macromedia Shockwave player" as it is an older, but still used, product. Adobe is responsible for the confusing names, not Mozilla. Shockwave player (which it appears you do not have installed), would show under your Plugins as "Shockwave for Director". There are links to information about the two products here --> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Adobe_Flash_software


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Re: I have installed Adobe Flash Player successfully but I do not see it in m y list of Plug-Ins

There are separate download pages on the Adobe website for Adobe Flash Player and for Adobe Shockwave Player, respectively. There is one button for each on the main Adobe downloads page (http://www.adobe.com/downloads/)

If you download and install the Adobe Flash Player, then it will be reported by the Firefox 13.0.1 Tools > Add-ons > Plugins feature as Shockwave Flash (although actually there is no such plug-in available from Adobe by that name).

If you download and install the Adobe Shockwave Player, then it will be reported by the Firefox 13.0.1 Tools > Add-ons > Plugins feature as Shockwave for Director (although there is no such plug-in available from Adobe by that name).

The Adobe Flash Player and the Adobe Shockwave Player are shown respectively by those names on the Windows 7 Control Panel > Programs and Features list. They can be uninstalled by using this feature of Windows 7. You can disable them in Firefox but not uninstall them with Firefox.

EDITED: This is a simpler and more accurate explanation of what happens when I download and and install those two Adobe plugins than the first description which I attempted.

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Re: I have installed Adobe Flash Player successfully but I do not see it in m y list of Plug-Ins

Hi Blacklisted, the Flash plugin appears as "Shockwave Flash" under the Plugins category. This name lingers for historical reasons; yes, it's a bit confusing with the Shockwave for Director plugin.

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Re: I have installed Adobe Flash Player successfully but I do not see it in m y list of Plug-Ins

The first statement in SafeBrower's "solution" is misleading because he fails to distinguish Adobe Flash Player from Adobe Shockwave Flash. They are not the same. Please read the reply that I have posted if you want the facts.

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Re: I have installed Adobe Flash Player successfully but I do not see it in m y list of Plug-Ins

Hi Blacklisted, are you saying that the Shockwave Flash plugin in Firefox is not the Flash player? You can verify that it is by opening a page that uses the Flash player (such as the About Adobe Flash Player page) and confirming that it works. Then disable the plugin and reload your test page to see what you get.

It is true that Adobe supplies its own software to manage updating of both the Flash plugin and the Flash ActiveX control. However, as far as how one can identify the plugin in Firefox, it really is called Shockwave Flash.

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Re: I have installed Adobe Flash Player successfully but I do not see it in m y list of Plug-Ins

Sorry, jscher2000, ....

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Re: I have installed Adobe Flash Player successfully but I do not see it in m y list of Plug-Ins

Quote: "Hi Blacklisted, are you saying that the Shockwave Flash plugin in Firefox is not the Flash player? ...."

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Re: I have installed Adobe Flash Player successfully but I do not see it in m y list of Plug-Ins

Can you attach a screenshot of your Tools > Add-ons > Plugins window?

Use a compressed image type like PNG or JPG to save the screenshot.


See also:

You can see the installed plugins that are enabled on the aboutSmiley Tonguelugins page.

You can set the plugin.expose_full_path pref to true on the about:config page to see the full path of plugins on the aboutSmiley Tonguelugins page.
It is best not to leave that pref set to true as it exposes that full path to web servers, so reset that pref to false after you are done with the aboutSmiley Tonguelugins page.

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Re: I have installed Adobe Flash Player successfully but I do not see it in m y list of Plug-Ins

@cor-el : Trust me, the Adobe Shockwave Flash plug-in is installed in Firefox 13.0.1 which I am running. That is not an issue.

EDITED: Actually, as I have stated in my revised original post, after I install the Adobe Flash Player (as Adobe calls it today), Firefox 13.0.1 shows Shockwave Flash as a plugin. Whatever the historical reasons for that, it really should be changed to correspond to the name that Adobe uses now.