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Firefox - How to stop video Autoplay when opened in new tab


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Hi All,

I bought a 2.4Ghz MacBook pro last week. It is my first Mac, and I am slowly getting used to it. I have a couple of questions that I hope you can help me out with (I have searched but found no answers!):

1) In Firefox on my old PC, and Safari on the current Mac, if I open a video in a new tab, the video would not auto-play, until I clicked on the tab. On Firefox on the Mac the video just auto plays. This is pretty annoying when I open 4 or 5 videos in different tabs and they all start playing. I want to click on the tab before it starts playing.

As safari on the Mac does not play the videos automatically, I am hoping there is a way to stop it on Firefox?

So an example is metacafe.com. If you open a video in a new tab, the video will start playing automatically, whether you click on the tab or not.

If you open up the same site in safari, and open the video in a new tab, the video will only start playing once you have clicked on the tab.


2) I know that holding cmd and clicking on a link opens it in a new window, but is it possible to assign for example a 3 finger click to open a link in a new tab?


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Ash
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Install Flashbock, not only will it keep the video from auto playing, your Mac will thank you for it. Flash uses a lot of CPU hence making your Mac run hotter, using this keeps the CPU usage down and you Mac will run cooler.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/433/

This functionality can be added with BetterTouchTool,
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Cheers for the reply. I will install the touch app and give it a go.

In terms of the video autoplay, I used a different add-on - stop autoplay. It does the job, but I don't really want all flash to stop. If i click on a link to open in the tab I have open, I want it to autoplay. It is only when I open a video in a new tab, I do not want it to autoplay, until I click on the tab.

This way I can open a few different videos in different tabs and only play when I click on it!
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