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I want Flash to play without sound on my machine, and I want that preference to stick so that new sessions don't surprise me with sound. Using FlashBlock while trying to remember to disable sound every time a flash window is started doesn't do the trick for me -- it's too difficult to remember to check the mute status before and after playing videos.

Previously, using Win 7 and Firefox, one could selectively disable sound from Flash plugins using the method described in this question. Older methods of disabling it included the plugin called FlashMute.

FlashMute fails me even when this trick has been employed, and the volume method described in the previous question only works for the currently live session, resetting sound to maximum volume whenever the plugin container is restarted.

What is the best way to disable Flash sound?

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It seems like there ought to be a way to create a registry key for FlashPlayerPlugin....exe to do it, but I am not sure how (see superuser.com/a/296766/129342) –  Brian B Jan 17 '13 at 20:14

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Flashblock will stop the flash animation all together. It puts a play button on all flash content except what you whitelist. The animation will not play until you hit the play button. flashblock for firefox

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The trouble with this solution is that it plays with sound once you click on the icon. The new session will "surprise" me with the sound. I'll clarify the question. –  Subuser Jun 11 '12 at 19:08
@Subuser - How can you be suprised by sound when you choose to play the flash content? –  Ramhound Jun 11 '12 at 19:25
@Ramhound Good question...I am forgetful, so I rely on computer software to help me! More specifically, I am used to disabling sound for a session. However since the plugin manager restarts itself periodically, it is easy to fail at checking it if there's been, say, 30 minutes since the last time Flash was used. –  Subuser Jun 11 '12 at 20:16
Just leave your sound muted. You can turn it on when you need it. –  martineau Jun 11 '12 at 20:33
@martineau...yes, thanks, I've tried that. But missing audible email notifications then became a problem. –  Subuser Jun 11 '12 at 20:35

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