On a Mac everything is supposed to “just work”, and usually it does. However, sometimes a missing internet plug-in or other component may be required for correct operation:
I have been a Mac user since the first home/small Mac computers were available. My recent eMac was 9 years old, so I was out of sync with EVERYTHING. Just bought a new iMac and I have Safari. Sometimes I click on a document on the Internet, and I get a basically blank page that says “Missing plug-in.” So I can’t open everything I need.
I don’t know what this means or if I should download the Firefox browser? Read a lot of complaints about it though. What do I need to do about “Missing plug-in”?
Clueless in Kansas City, Betty
The “Missing Plug-In” message can refer to a number of things, it depends on the document or media you’re trying to access. Adobe Flash and the Adobe PDF Reader are both commonly needed items; you can get both of these plugins from Adobe’s website (adobe.com). Also if you are running a Mac with Lion you may not have Java installed by default. Safari should prompt you to install this when it’s needed, go ahead and do so, then restart Safari.
Thanks a million for your advice! I downloaded Adobe Flash Player and now I can get videos! You’re the best! Will also check to see if I have Adobe Reader (I think I do…) as well as Java by default. I’m just loving my new Mac and I am high on Mac SPEED! So fast! ;-)
UPDATE: For more on this topic, see How To Fix Mac Missing Plug-In Errors [MacRx]