Autoplay Videos – Argh

I can read faster than I can watch a video.  There are numerous sites where the video automatically start playing – first the ad then the video.  I can read usually read an article in the 20 to 30 seconds duration of the advertisement.  However, if I try to read the article, the video seems to act like a little child saying “No, no watch me! Watch me!”

I have learned how to disable the auto play of videos.

Microsoft Edge:

  • Launch Microsoft Edge
  • Click the three dots in top right corner or press Alt+X
  • Click Settings
  • Click Advanced
  • Under Media autoplay select your preference from the drop down box.

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  • If you select Block, it will warn you “Some sites might not work as expected.”  This will prevent the videos from autoplaying.  You will need to click the video to play it.

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Chrome:

The Chrome browser settings did not have an option to turn off autoplay.  It is done on their “flags” page.

  • Launch Google Chrome
  • In the address bar type: chrome://flags/#autoplay-policy and press Enter.

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  • The flags screen will be displayed with Autoplay policy at the top of the screen.

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  • Under the dropdown list, select your preference.  To stop autoplay, select “Document User Activation is Required”.  The video on a website will not play unless it is clicked.

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  • Click “RELAUNCH NOW”

What I did not test was, if I was logged onto my Google or Microsoft account, if changing these settings would propagate across all devices.

 

Microsoft Edge Adventure

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Yesterday, I upgraded my little laptop (4GB Ram) to Windows 10.  Everything went smoothly, except it wanted to restart the laptop to finish an upgrade and the first link I click in the new Microsoft Edge browser, the screen went blank.  I did a hard shutdown (I pressed and held the power button until the laptop shutdown).  Now I ready to explore Microsoft’s Edge Browser.

Importing Favorites:

Today, when I clicked “Looking for your browser favorites?” Microsoft Edge opened a new tab with instructions on importing favorites.

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How to Import our Favorites into Microsoft Edge

Note: The words “More Action” is no where on the browser screen.  Just click the three periods “…”.  And, “Hub” is the three little lines (see image above, the pointer is on the lines.)  This process was done quickly – I had more favorites than I thought.

Exploring the Settings:

While I am in “Setting”, I might as well take a look around.

The “Favorite” bar is off by default.  Yay!  I hate the favorite bar.  Well, I hate most toolbars.  Google, Bing, ASK … I don’t like them, so I don’t use them..

The “Clear browsing data” is under Settings.  This option lets you specify the defaults for what you want to clear out when you select it from the Hub.

Advance Setting has the most interesting options.  Why is the “Home” button turned off by default?  After I turned it on, it prompted from a home site.   This is your decision.  If you want to drive Microsoft mad, set it to something not related to Microsoft.  Yes, I want it to block pop-ups.

“Use Adobe Flash Player” is turned on by default.  The flash player has been riddle recently with security holes.  For now, I think I will turn that off.  The other advance options I will leave those as the default from now.  I may come back later and change them.

Write on the Web:

I haven’t determine the benefits of this feature.  It may come is handy if someone is writing instructions.  Since the web is now our library, highlighting and taking notes may be a necessary.  But, when I was growing up, we were always instructed not to write in books.  To turn on “Write on the Web”, click the pencil/pen in the upper right hand corner.  In the top left, you have a pen, highlighter, eraser, notepad, and clip.  In the top right, you can save your changes and exit.

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I have seen this type of feature better.  Yes, it is a feature in some content management software.  The Microsoft’s Write on Web feature doesn’t have nearly has many options.  Maybe it is planned for a later upgrade.

Wait, the “Clip” feature maybe very handy.

Distraction-free Reading:

It appears that you must add something to your Reading List to use Distraction-free Reading.  Since I have a tablet for most of my reading needs, I will move on to Cortana.

Personal Assistant:

Cortana – This will be explored in a different article.

Search:

Is the most important aspect of a browser.  Let’s see how that functions.  By default, it is using Microsoft Bing.  After clicking on the “+” for a new tab, it said “Where to Next?” and showed some “Top sites”.

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I am only remotely interested in one of these sites, and have no interest in downloading the app on the Laptop.

For my test search I will use the term “disable Get Windows 10 icon” and I will compare the results to my desktop search with Bing using Internet Explorer 11 and Google using Chrome (latest version).

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Search using Microsoft Edge (Bing)

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Search Using Chrome (Google)

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Search Using Internet Explorer (Bing)

There are some differences, but that is how the search engine handles the search and some other factors.  The performance seem adequate.  Other websites appear to display fine.  Such as, Facebook, Pinterest, and Amazon.

Should I dare click “Show my news feed?”  I don’t particularly like the newsfeed, let me see if I can customize it.

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Since I do not like any of those options, I will be changing it or using a different browser.  Under More Actions (“…”) -> Settings, the only options three options for a new tab: Top Site, News Feed, and Blank Page.

The adventure continues….