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FAQ's: Plug-ins
 

       
 

Q: What is a plug-in and how do I use it?

A: A plug-in is software that allows your web browser to read additional types of files not available on standard browser configurations. For example, a plug-in for Flash allows you to view streaming animations created utilizing Flash software. To add a plug-in, simply go to the website offering the plug-in, then download and install the software following its instructions. Once installed, your browser will automatically call upon the plug-in whenever it is needed to open the corresponding file type.

Q: How do I know what types of plug-ins I should download onto my computer?

A: Adding plug-ins to your web browser allows you to boost the capabilities of your browser. Most web browsers are unable to play many video or audio formats without first having plug-ins added. You'll know if you need to download a plug-in if the web page you are accessing advises you that you are unable to access information, (watch a short video, for example), until you've downloaded a specific plug-in. The web page will usually provide a link for you to download the plug-in. Many plug-ins are not free so be sure to closely read the details of the software program before preceding with your download.

Q: I keep getting a message that says I need a "Flash" plug-in. What does this mean?

A: A plug-in is software that allows your web browser to read additional types of files not available on standard browser configurations. Specifically, the Flash plug-in allows you to view streaming animations created utilizing Flash software. To add the Flash plug-in, simply go to www.macromedia.com, then download and install the software following the instructions. Once installed, your browser will automatically call upon the plug-in whenever it is needed to open the corresponding file type.

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Q: Why do I keep getting a message that says “Do you want to install and run ‘Macromedia Flash Player. This free player is required to view the website you are visiting” when I visit certain websites?

A: You are most likely seeing this message because you do not have Macromedia Flash Player installed on your computer and some of the content on the website you are visiting was created with Macromedia Flash.

Macromedia Flash is a multimedia program for viewing and creating interactive and animated content on the Web (which means you’re missing out on some really cool stuff on the Internet). To get rid of seeing that dreaded message, you can either install Flash Player or you can change your browser settings to tell your browser that you don’t want to view Flash content.

If you’re interested in installing the Flash Player, visit http://www.macromedia.com/software/flashplayer/ and click the “Get Flash Player” link and follow the instructions.

If you’re interested in changing your browser settings to never view Flash content, visit the following page on Microsoft’s website, http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;154036

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