How To Block Flash Videos in Opera

One of the most popular extensions for Firefox is Flashblock, which prevents flash and shockwave files from being automatically loaded. There have been quite a few ways to achieve the same in Opera, however all of them required some effort on the user’s behalf. The good news is that with Opera 11, this feature is now baked right into the browser.

Related: How To Install Opera in Portable Mode

To block flash and other plugin driven content (other embedded video files, Silverlight files etc.), simply open up Opera’s “Preferences” dialogue box (Alt+P), and browse to the “Content” tab. From here, check the “Enable plug-ins only on demand” box.


Once this option is enabled, Opera will stop loading plug-in driven content automatically. However, you can still load/play the flash videos you want by clicking on the play button (see the screenshot).


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Pallab De is a blogger from India who has a soft spot for anything techie. He loves trying out new software and spends most of his day breaking and fixing his PC. Pallab loves participating in the social web; he has been active in technology forums since he was a teenager and is an active user of both twitter (@indyan) and facebook .

  • Rahul

    Thanks for the tip. How do I block images by default in Opera?

    • Anon

      Tools > Preferences > Webpages

      Images: Change this to ‘Cached Images’

  • Astef

    I would need to be able to white list pages, do you know if this is possible?

    • I’m a bit late, but you can “whitelist” a site by right-clicking -> Edit Site Preferences -> Content and untick “Enable plug-ins only on demand”.

  • Maxim

    It works! Thank you!

  • Mr. Q

    Opera still stands as my favorite web browser! Thanks for the tip.

  • randis

    man, thanks.

  • John B

    Thanks Pallab. Much appreciated.

  • bah…. darun…..

  • Khosrow

    Thanks so much. I googled a lot and no answer was helpful. Yours solved my problem. Excellent!