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How to disable Flash in Google Chrome Browser

Website Design

I use Google's Chrome browser a lot. Its fast, websites display correctly and there's usually less problems.

But this week I started getting problems with webpages hanging in Google Chrome. I tested this on a couple of different PC's and found that it affected both Windows and Mac OS X. After further testing I discovered the problems only occurred on website with Flash. In each case the page would appear to forever be loading and Google Chrome Browser would eventually stop responding.

After disabling Flash, Chrome is working as fast if not faster than it used to.

How to disable Flash in Google Chrome Browser

  1. Open a new tab in google chrome
  2. In the address bar type:
    about:plugins then hit the 'enter' key.
    Ignore the suggestions that come up.
  3. Locate the entry for "Flash" or "Shockwave Flash". (Note: you may have two entries for Flash, if so apply the next step to both copies of Flash).
  4. Click the Disable link for flash

After disabling flash, website should become responsive again.

Note that by disabling flash some sites may not work correctly if they rely too much on flash. In which case you can follow the above steps to enable flash. There will be an "Enable" link if flash is already disabled.



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Monitor Calibration for Better Colors

Website Design

If you are a website designer or graphic artist, its important your monitor is calibrated to ensure the colors you are using will display and print the same for other people. Most monitors include an "auto-adjust" feature, but this isn't enough.

Most website designers and graphic designers will use special hardware that will calibrate a monitor automatically - making sure that colors and pictures match perfectly.

If you can't afford the hardward monitor calibrators, there are some great websites that offer monitor calibration tests that you can use to manually calibrate your monitor.

One of the best test pages I've found is the Lagom LCD monitor test pages. There are a variety of test images for gamma, contrast, saturation as well as other features. And they've optimised their test images for LCD monitors, which differ to CRT monitors.

So take the time to calibrate your monitor - you'll be surprised how much better photos and most websites appear when you calibration is correct.



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