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How to Watch Movies Without a Flash Player

Updated February 21, 2017

There are dozens of different video formats available on a computer system, most of which play in a standard media player (such as Windows Media Player or QuickTime). Although Adobe Flash video files do require a flash player, no other format needs this player, so if you want to view the movie file without downloading a flash player you need to make sure the video is not a flash-based movie file.

Navigate to the location on the computer you have the video file saved. The exact location is going to vary, depending on where you saved it.

Right-click the file, then select "Properties" from the pull-down menu. This loads a window with all the information pertaining to the video file.

Look at the video file format. As long as the file is not ".flv" (flash video file) you are able to play the content without a flash player.

Close the properties window, then double-click the movie file. This loads the default media player onto the screen. Click "Play" and the video file begins to play.

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Greyson Ferguson is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in film and television. He currently resides in Lansing, Michigan where he works on independent film projects and writes for numerous publications. Ferguson primarily focuses on computer and electronic articles. Greyson produces TheDailyUpbeat.com, focusing on only upbeat news stories with daily updates.