Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How to Stop Facebook From Auto-Playing Videos

Believe it or not, I don't have an April Fool's Joke.  I don't believe in them.  It's for the amateurs around us.

So while today is Amateur Day, I'll give you a little helpful hint.

I enjoy videos.  I watch an awful lot of them, probably more than I should.

When I launch a web page and it has a video on it, that video should not automatically play.  If it does, I am searching for a way to close that web page as fast as humanly possible.

I usually do it while at least growling at the laptop, and most likely with a few "invectives".

You know, four letter words.

So if you are looking at Facebook, and I do this far too much to support the groups around here that I support, here is a way to make your life a bit easier.

  • Log into Facebook.
  • Click the "Settings" gear in the right side of the blue stripe at the top of your Facebook webpage.  Lately that gear has been changed to a little subtle blue triangle, point down.   The link is here to put you directly on the page.
  • The resulting "General Settings" page has a list of  settings you can work with in the left pane of the web page.
  • Click on the Video Settings link on the left at the bottom of the list or just click on this link.
  • Video Settings has only one thing you can set here, the Auto-Play setting.  Click on the "On" or "Off" button to set it the way you like.


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