Adobe Flash

Adobe Flash Player still has a significant presence on the internet, such as digital ads. However, open standards, such as HTML5, provide many of the capabilities and functionalities becoming an alternative for content on the web. With Adobe no longer supporting Flash after 2020, Microsoft has started to phase out Flash from Microsoft Edge by adding the Configure the Adobe Flash Click-to-Run setting group policy giving you a way to control the list of websites that have permission to run Adobe Flash content.

To learn more about Microsoft’s plan for phasing out Flash from Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, see The End of an Era — Next Steps for Adobe Flash (blog article).

You can find the Microsoft Edge Group Policy settings in the following location of the Group Policy Editor unless otherwise noted in the policy:

      Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Microsoft Edge\

Allow Adobe Flash

Supported versions: Microsoft Edge on Windows 10
Default setting: Enabled or not configured (Allowed)

Adobe Flash is integrated with Microsoft Edge and runs Adobe Flash content by default. With this policy, you can configure Microsoft Edge to prevent Adobe Flash content from running.

Supported values

Group Policy MDM Registry Description
Disabled 0 0 Prevented
Enabled (default) 1 1 Allowed

ADMX info and settings

ADMX info

  • GP English name: Allow Adobe Flash
  • GP name: AllowFlash
  • GP path: Windows Components/Microsoft Edge
  • GP ADMX file name: MicrosoftEdge.admx

MDM settings

  • MDM name: Browser/AllowFlash
  • Supported devices: Desktop
  • URI full path: ./Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/Browser/AllowFlash
  • Data type: Integer

Registry settings

  • Path: HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\Addons
  • Value name: FlashPlayerEnabled
  • Value type: REG_DWORD

Configure the Adobe Flash Click-to-Run setting

Supported versions: Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, version 1703 or later
Default setting: Enabled or not configured (Does not load content automatically)

Microsoft Edge supports Adobe Flash as a built-in feature rather than as an external add-on and updates automatically via Windows Update. By default, Microsoft Edge prevents Adobe Flash content from loading automatically, requiring action from the user, for example, clicking the Click-to-Run button. Depending on how often the content loads and runs, the sites for the content gets added to the auto-allowed list. Disable this policy if you want Adobe Flash content to load automatically.

Supported values

Group Policy MDM Registry Description Most restricted
Disabled 0 0 Load and run Adobe Flash content automatically.
Enabled or not configured
(default)
1 1 Do not load or run Adobe Flash content and require action from the user. Most restricted value

ADMX info and settings

ADMX info

  • GP English name: Configure the Adobe Flash Click-to-Run setting
  • GP name: AllowFlashClickToRun
  • GP path: Windows Components/Microsoft Edge
  • GP ADMX file name: MicrosoftEdge.admx

MDM settings

  • MDM name: Browser/AllowFlashClickToRun
  • Supported devices: Desktop
  • URI full path: ./Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/Browser/AllowFlashClickToRun
  • Data type: Integer

Registry settings

  • Path: HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\Security
  • Value name: FlashClickToRunMode
  • Value type: REG_DWORD