Google Chrome Gets Click To Play

13 Ago/10

Regular readers know that I consider the Firefox NoScript add-on invaluable for security and bandwidth preserving reasons. One of the lesser know features of the add-on is an option to activate scripts by clicking on them on the website they were initially blocked on. This very practical feature allows the user to load scripts easily on a web page without complications.

The script blocking options in the Google Chrome browser on the other hand are still very limited, which can be attributed to the architecture of the web browser according to the NoScript developer.

While it is possible to block plugins and JavaScript for all pages, and even enable them on some, it is not possible to block or enable scripts selectively.

Click To Play is a step in the right direction. Users with plugins blocked for all websites, can for instance use click to play to enable Flash selectively. Youtube videos are blocked in this configuration on page load, but can be activated and played with the click of the mouse.

That’s very comfortable as it saves bandwidth and increases the security in the web browser.

Click to Play has been recently added to the dev version of the Chrome browser. It has to be enabled with the command line switch –enable-click-to-play.

Plugins need to be blocked in Google Chrome for Click to Play to become useful. This is done by clicking on the Wrench icon and selecting Options from the menu.

Switching to the Under the bonnet tab and clicking on the Content Settings button opens the configuration menu. Plugins can be blocked in the Plug-ins submenu by selecting “Do not allow any site to use plug-ins”.

Sites that should not be affected by the plugin blocking can be whitelisted under Exceptions, so that all plugins are loaded normally on page load.

block plugins chrome

block plugins chrome

Every web page that tries to load a plugin will display information that the plugins were blocked on the page.

chrome click to play

chrome click to play

A click on run plug-in this time will load the plugin. In the case of Youtube, play the video on the site.

Google Chrome indicates blocked plugins in the address bar as well. The new icon can be used to whitelist the domain, so that it is automatically added to the exceptions list.

google chrome plugins

google chrome plugins

Click to play is a step in the right direction. If the developers would only add that option for all scripts on a page, not only plugins. Still, it is an improvement over previous behavior.

Expect the new click to play functionality to be added soon in the beta and stable releases of the Google browser as well.

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