How to Test Flash Players

By Markita Reed

Adobe Flash is a type of software used to create sound, animation and other interactive elements to enhance the user experience of web pages. A Flash Player from Adobe should be installed in your operating system to display or view Flash applications on your computer. To ensure it works properly, you'll want to test the player.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer/Laptop
  • Internet
  • Flash Player software

Testing the Flash Player Using the Internet

Step 1

Type this web address on your browser: adobe.com/software/flash/about. The site will tell you if your Flash Player has been successfully installed.

Step 2

Check the version information box to determine what version of the Flash Player is installed in your computer. It should display information about your Flash Player version. If you do not see this box, you need to download the software again.

Step 3

Repeat Steps 1-2 after downloading the Flash Player again.

Testing Using the Closed Sphere Packing Animation

Step 1

Go to chemgapedia.de/vsengine/info/en/help/requirements/flash.html on your web browser. You should see a group of closely packed spheres under the heading "Adobe Flash Player Test."

Step 2

Click the "Play" button. The spheres should line up and become hexagonal and cubic in form. This will happen if your Flash Player is correctly installed in your system.

Step 3

Install the Flash Player again if you do not see the animation sequence. Repeat Steps 1-2.

Testing by Downloading Flash Videos

Step 1

Find a website on the Internet that contains Flash videos. You can do this by typing the keyword "Flash video" on any search engine.

Step 2

Find a flash video and download it in your computer.

Step 3

Open the recently downloaded Flash file by double-clicking it. You should be able to see the Flash video. If it does not play and you can't see the Flash video, your Flash Player was not installed correctly.

Step 4

Repeat Steps 1-3 once Flash Player is installed again.