Stop au­to­play videos in Sa­fari 11

In High Sierra (and Sierra, too), you can dis­able au­to­play video and surf the web in rel­a­tive peace. Ro­man Loy­ola shows how

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Au­to­play video is the bane of the web. You ei­ther hate them, or are com­pletely dis­gusted by them. For­tu­nately, with Sa­fari 11, you can eas­ily dis­able it. Here’s how.

Method 1

1. When you’re on a web­site with au­to­play videos, you can change how those video be­have. Click on Sa­fari > Set­tings for This Web­site or right-click the URL box and se­lect Set­tings for This Web­site.

2. A pop-up will ap­pear un­der­neath the URL box. There is a list­ing that says Auto-Play. If you move your cur­sor over the phrase next to Auto-Play, you will see that it turns into a pop-up menu with three choices:

• Al­low All Auto-Play

• Stop Me­dia with Sound

• Never Auto-Play

Make your se­lec­tion.

3. Now click any­where on the screen to make the pop-up dis­ap­pear. Videos will show a Play

but­ton. To play a video, click on it. You can al­ways go back to this Sa­fari pref­er­ence if you want to change a set­ting for a web­site.

Method 2

1. In Sa­fari, go to the web­site you where you want to dis­able au­to­play videos. For ex­am­ple, I’ll use mac­world.com.

2. Click on Sa­fari > Pref­er­ences.

3. Click on the Web­sites icon at the top of the main win­dow.

4. Click on Auto-Play in the left col­umn.

5. To the right is a sec­tion called ‘Al­low web­sites be­low to au­to­mat­i­cally play me­dia’. (That ti­tle is mis­lead­ing, as you’ll see.) You should see the web­site you are at listed in the win­dow. Click the pop-up menu to the right of the listed web­site. You will have three choices to se­lect:

• Al­low All Auto-Play

• Stop Me­dia with Sound

• Never Auto-Play

6. Make your se­lec­tion. Once you do, the web­site will be added to a sec­tion called Con­fig­ured Web­sites. If you want to ad­just the set­tings for an­other web­site, you will see that sec­tion, along with a sec­tion called Cur­rently Open Web­sites.

7. At the bot­tom of the win­dow is a set­ting called ‘When vis­it­ing other web­sites’. This will tell Sa­fari what to do when you visit a web­site not on your

list of con­fig­ured web­sites. You have the same three op­tions as shown above.

8. When you are done, close the win­dow.

9. If you de­cide to Never Auto-Play, videos on a web­site will be shown with a Play icon, in­di­cat­ing that you need to click the video to play it. You can al­ways go back to this Sa­fari pref­er­ence if you want to change a set­ting for a web­site.

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