While Google experimented with the ability to mute and block the automatic playback of videos in the Chrome browser, Microsoft has taken action. Global controls to prevent video from automatically playing in Microsoft Edge are currently deployed.
So far, the new powers of Edge are limited to the beta version of Edge that comes with the Windows Insider versions of Windows 10 that are scheduled for fall 2008 2018. You can set both global controls and site-specific exceptions , But by the fall, everyone should be able to control which pages automatically play video within Edge.
How Autoplay Controls Work in Edge
For the moment, you can use the global video playback controls to choose from three options: block, limit, and allow. Microsoft says it will optimize or add other options in the future, so it's possible that this selection will change.
For the time being, you need to access the Settings menu, which is hidden in Edge behind the Ellipse menu (three dots) in the upper-right corner of the browser. Clicking it opens the sidebar menu, which gives you access to the Favorites, the Reading List, and more. At the end, scroll down to the heading "Settings".
This again opens the Settings menu, which is now divided into different categories of options. The default settings are the General Settings, where you can configure the Edge theme and other options. (1
The Global Media Autoplay controls in Microsoft Edge are hidden in the Advanced section of the Settings menu. Here's what you can find: the Global Media Autoplay controls. You can select one of the options from the drop-down menu that appears Allowing, limiting, or blocking.The Allow and Block options are self-explanatory, remember that the block attempts to block all videos.The limit option falls into a middle ground that we Note that the permission level you select becomes the default behavior for video playback automatically, unless select a specific permission for a website below.
One of the best torture tests of a browser or ad blocker is the San Francisco Chronicle mass market website SFGate. com. Here, your browser is flooded with ads and pop-up videos. Even if you enable the global Block command, the site can load and display still images where you would see a video: in large players centered on the page, as well as pop-up windows in the corners of the screen. But the page does not play the video, so Edge does his job in this case.
(Do not worry, Edge will only block video from AutoPlay with the "Block" setting, for example, you can still manually click on a YouTube video and it will play normally.)
What if you have Limit choose? ? It is difficult to predict behavior for all websites, but SFGate.com does not render the large centralized videos, but the smaller ones. SFGate seems to mute its videos by default, though this behavior may vary from site to site.
Site-by-site controls are being edited
Edge also has site controls, but they're a little tricky and may not be as intuitive.
Hovering over the padlock icon in the Edge URL bar causes a pop-up to appear: See site information . Clicking the left mouse button displays the site permissions. Sorry, you can not do anything here, but click on the link Media Autoplay Settings below.
This shows what an autoplay control looks like for individual sites. Unfortunately, the automatic media playback controls within site permissions have two choices: default, global, and … nothing. It is clear that should be able to specify a block / allow / limit selection for each web page within the menu accessed through the URL bar, but this functionality may not yet be fully available to be. Instead, you must click on the small link Manage Permissions below. (Although there is also a clear permissions button, only the permissions management works for us.)
The link Manage Permissions opens a submenu in the Edge Settings menu. Here you can set the autoplay settings per site.