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Fix: QuickTime Playing Flash Files in my Browser

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Alright, this has been bothering the heck out of me since I downloaded the first QuickTime 7 Preview for Windows a few months ago. Everytime I’m supposed to see a Flash animation on a webpage, I instead see a faded QuickTime logo with a question mark over it. It took me until tonight to get irritated enough to do something about it, and now I’m going to tell you how to fix it.

The Problem:

I was checking out a cool site tonight, and saw this:

Screenshot of QuickTime trying to handle Flash animations

How irritating!

The Solution:

Open up your QuickTime control panel, go to the Browser tab, click Mime Types, and deselect Flash from the Miscellaneous tree option:

Screenshot of QuickTime control panel

Screenshot of QuickTime control panel

After you’ve clicked all necessary OK buttons, restart Firefox.

All Better:

I went back to the cool site, and all was well with the world:

Screenshot of Flash properly handling Flash animations

I hope this helps someone out there Googling for “QuickTime playing Flash files” or something like that.

Ryan Parman

is an engineering manager with over 20 years of experience across software development, site reliability engineering, and security. He is the creator of SimplePie and AWS SDK for PHP, patented multifactor-authentication-as-a-service at WePay, defined much of the CI/CD and SRE disciplines at McGraw-Hill Education, and came up with the idea of “serverless, event-driven, responsive functions in the cloud” while at Amazon Web Services in 2010. Ryan's aptly-named blog, , is where he writes about ideas longer than . Ambivert. Curious. Not a coffee drinker.