Did You Get Rid of Flash? Now, Here’s an Easy Way to Use Google Chrome to Display Flash Content

Yesterday, I wrote about why I was deleting Flash from my Macs. I mentioned that you can use Google Chrome to display Flash content, as the Flash plug-in is baked into Chrome. You won’t need to worry about updating Flash, since Chrome auto-updates very often.

But perhaps I should add some more information, explaining how easy it is to switch from Safari to Chrome to view Flash content. Sure, you could copy a URL, switch to Chrome, and paste it, but there’s a shortcut.

To facilitate this, turn on the Develop menu in Safari. Choose Safari > Preferences, and click Advanced. At the bottom of this window is an option to display the Develop menu.

Safari prefs develop menu

Now, when you’re viewing a web page, and want to switch to Chrome, just choose Develop > Open Page With > Google Chrome.

Safari open page with chrome

Unfortunately, you can’t set a keyboard shortcut for that menu, because the shortcut would have to match the exact version number of Chrome, which changes often.

There are lots of other options in the Develop menu, which you may find interesting, if you’re a web developer. If not, you can ignore the rest of the menu, and simply use this trick to quickly switch to Chrome when you want to view a Flash animation.

If you use LaunchBar, there’s a quicker way to open a web page from Safari in Chrome, without using the Develop menu. In Safari, press Command-L to select the URL in the address bar. Press and hold your LaunchBar shortcut; by default, this is Command-Space. This activates LaunchBar’s Instant Send. Type a few letters, such as CHR, to bring up Chrome. You’ll see something like this:

Open in chrome with launchbar

Press Return to open the URL in Chrome. You can use this same method, typing different letters, to open a URL in any other browser.

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5 thoughts on “Did You Get Rid of Flash? Now, Here’s an Easy Way to Use Google Chrome to Display Flash Content

  1. I created a service that opens Firefox or Chrime, then associated a keyboard shortcut with each one, depending on which browser I wanted to open the URL with.

  2. I have uninstalled Flash several times. In the end I always hit a page which still requires it and have to go back and re-install it. Probably best is to block it with an option to activate when necessary, e.g. ClickToPlay plug-in. Trouble is, you then have to continue keeping Flash updated and secure. Often a weekly chore. By the time I do the 4 machines in the house belonging to various family members, gets quite tedious. I do wish the viewer capabilities of Flash were baked in to all the browsers and managed as part of the browser’s own security and update process.

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