Flash in Chrome and in Windows 8

Flash Player is required for playing back .swf files on your computer or running Flash games and other programs that use Adobe’s technology.

Adobe Flash Player is built into the Google Chrome web browser by default. Flash Player is also integrated with Internet Explorer in Windows 8, so you don’t need to install it there.

How to check which Flash plugin is running in my Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome Browser, type chrome://plugins/ in the address bar and press Enter.

  2. Click [+] Details in the upper-right corner.

  3. Find Adobe Flash Player plugin in the list.

Here you will see one or two instances of Shockwave Flash.

  • PPAPI (Pepper API) is a default Flash player plugin built into Chrome.

  • NPAPI is a Flash plugin which is shared by other Internet browsers and Windows OS. This is a secondary instance and might not be listed if you don’t have it installed.

Depending on what you are doing, you can enable or disable either of them. It’s recommended to have the PPAPI plugin checked in most cases. If you are a developer and testing out some external connections from within your local computer (e.g. hyperlinks in presentation or sending iSpring quiz results), NPAPI plugin will work like in other browsers which is usually better for testing.

Also, Google announced that Chrome, starting from version 42 won’t support NPAPI plugins.

Why do you need to have Flash Player installed on a Windows computer

Some applications like iSpring use the Adobe Flash Player ActiveX component in some places. For example, when you click on the Preview button right on the iSpring toolbar, you see the Presentation Preview window, which uses the Flash component installed in Windows.

If you use Windows 7 or earlier, it’s recommended that you have Adobe Flash Player installed on your system. In order to do this, just click on this link and follow the instructions:

To learn more about Flash in 2015, see also:

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