How to stop au­to­play videos in Sa­fari 11

In macos High Sierra (and Sierra, too), you can eas­ily dis­able au­to­play video and surf the web in rel­a­tive peace. Here’s how it’s done.

Macworld (USA) - - Contents - BY RO­MAN LOY­OLA

Au­to­play video: The bane of the web. You ei­ther hate them, or are com­pletely dis­gusted by them. For­tu­nately, with Sa­fari 11 in macos High Sierra (Sa­fari 11 is also avail­able for macos Sierra), you can eas­ily dis­able au­to­play video and surf the web in rel­a­tive peace. Here’s how to stop au­to­play videos in Sa­fari 11.

THE QUICK WAY

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. 1.

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. 2.

ANOTHER WAY TO SET A SITE TO NOT AU­TO­PLAY VIDEOS

1. In Sa­fari, go to the web­site 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

5. 7.

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’re done, close the win­dow. 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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