These days I have almost stopped watching anything on the television – I rarely use it and when I do, it is because some friends want to play FIFA on the play station. I watch all the shows and news on online media streaming sites like Hulu, Twitch and Netflix. All of these sites are now making use of the latest HTML5 video technology. But when you switch any video or streaming media being playing using the HTML5 video tag, it shows a warning that you have switched to full-screen mode. You have to choose “Allow” or “Deny” from this warning each and every time you switch to the full-screen mode. This can be annoying an inconvenient for people who watch videos in the full-screen mode regularly.
Fortunately, there is a simple add-on called Disable HTML5 Fullscreen Alert that can completely and fully make this warning disappear from Mozilla Firefox. This add-on is very basic and has no options or settings for configuring. As soon as you install this add-on, it goes to work right away and you will no longer see the full-screen alerts on HTML5 videos.
You can also change one preference in Firefox to disable the HTML5 full-screen alert. Here is how:
- Type about:config in the address bar in Firefox and press Enter.
- Search for a preference named full-screen-api.approval-required in the search box.
- Double-click on this preference and toggle its value from true to false.
- That’s it. Now you will no longer see the full-screen alert on HTML5 videos.
Conclusion: There are more than one ways to disable the full-screen alert for HTML5 content. You can use either the Firefox extension mentioned above or just make changes to the preferences in Firefox yourself. In both cases, you can enable the full-screen alert once again by resetting the full-screen-api.approval-required preference value.