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Stop Animations

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Description from extension meta

Stops animations from distracting you while reading - just press the escape key [esc]... and press again to restore.

Image from store Stop Animations
Description from store Great at stopping animations from distracting you while reading. Just press the escape key [esc]... and press again to restore. This stops everything from GIF, Flash, and even JavaScript. Works by taking a screen shot and layering it over the page... unfortunately it can't do a full screen shot (see bug report 45209), so it re-updates when you scroll or resize the window. To raise bug reports, or see the source code, please go to: https://github.com/craigfrancis/stop-animations

Latest reviews

  • (2021-09-14) 4:3: Удалите не работает!
  • (2021-06-22) Jason Ng: This works perfectly. AWESOME!
  • (2021-06-04) Charles Blanchette: This is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks!
  • (2021-03-30) Stephanie Henry: I wanted to try this because it's exactly what I need.... but unfortunately it is set to ONLY work with the ESC key, and I already have the ESC key set to close the tab I'm in. Naturally I went to open the options page thinking I'll just change the key that's assigned for THIS app to work, but apparently "options" doesn't exist. So if you use your ESC key for anything else keep searching gor the extension you need.
  • (2021-03-02) Kevin Holmes: thank you! maybe the folks who say it's not working haven't reloaded the page after installing the extension?
  • (2020-12-02) Daryl Lafferty: At first I thought it didn't work. It turns out you need to have it pinned and click on the icon before it is active. Then you can press the ESC key. Worthwhile. I hate having animations on a page I am trying to read. Drives me crazy!
  • (2020-09-14) Oliver Salzburg: Seems to work great in Edge
  • (2020-02-13) Greta Harding: I want to like this but I find it problematic that after stopping the animation, if I scroll the page, the animation starts again – motion is problematic for me as it causes vestibular events. Please let the user control when animation starts again.
  • (2019-12-17) Stas Bekman: Works. Thank you.
  • (2019-11-06) S White: Didn't work at all for me
  • (2019-10-30) Fred Chapman: This extension is fabulous! I'm reading through some software vendor help pages that use animated GIFs to demonstrate how to do things—it's a really nice way to present documentation, but it goes by too fast! Now I can easily pause and resume the animations just by pressing Esc. Thanks so much!
  • (2019-07-25) Justin Bussell: Doesn't work Pressing esc does nothing, clicking 'stop animations' goes to the extension page on google store.
  • (2019-07-17) Mark: Extension is garbage. It does stop the animation, but as soon as you scroll the page you get to the next animation that has already restarted. Then you can scroll up and down and watch the animations continually restart and stop. More distracting than clicking on the "loop" button.
  • (2019-05-19) Martin Burke: Thumbs up. Why not possible to auto stop without Esc?
  • (2019-04-20) Sweet Songs for the Soul: Works PERFECT! Thank you!
  • (2019-01-22) Inspecta Eclectic: Works!
  • (2018-12-23) Ryan Brainard: Awesome, just what I was looking for. I like that it both stops animations immediately and you can press Esc again to resume.
  • (2018-12-21) Maxim Pchelov: Чтобы заработало: после установки надо обновить страницу с анимацией
  • (2018-11-22) David Shuford: This works well for me. For the people it's not working for, they're probably seeing another type of animated content, like Flash or via a JavaScript script.
  • (2018-11-21) Adrian Robert: I tried several animation stopper extensions, but this is the only one that worked. You have to hit 'Esc' (it would be nice if it just operated by default) but once you do that it stops them in their tracks. Hooray for bringing back a feature that Netscape 1.x had 20 years ago!
  • (2018-08-07) Nick Brown: Seems to do nothing at all. Escape has no effect - adverts continue to flash away.
  • (2018-05-10) Does absolutely nothing!
  • (2018-05-03) Андрей. И: Фуфло ни чего не блочит !
  • (2018-04-08) Дмитрий Голик: не работает
  • (2017-12-07) Не работает вообще, ничего не блокирует, словно его нет.
  • (2017-11-14) May Moreshet: Straight up doesn't work. The escape key does nothing.
  • (2017-09-11) Alan Charlesworth: Doesn't block animated GIFs on NYT site
  • (2017-07-26) Brian Jackson: As advertised. I use it for those clickbait articles that think they need 3 animated gif reactions in between every bullet point. Shuts those up at least.
  • (2017-06-15) Brill Mistak: Love this extension! I have a lot of trouble reading text when anything is moving on the page, even little things like cycling pictures in a sidebar. I truly love that it stops EVERYTHING on the screen, regardless of whether it is a gif, movie, flash or whatever. Easy to toggle back and forth using the escape key if I want to click on a link. I really don't get some of the complaints here. For those who are having issues scrolling, it's easiest to hit the space bar rather than the arrow key. Even if you do use the arrow key, it only takes about a nanosecond for the extension to adjust.
  • (2017-03-29) Tim Josling: Actually solves the problem for me. Thank you! Not perfect but 100% better than everything else I have tried. Note: You need to press escape to stop he animations. This means you need to ensure your other apps don't use escape. It would be nice to have a button for cases where you cannot make the other apps ignore escapce.
  • (2016-04-01) Elad Ossadon: This extension takes a screenshot of the page to stop gifs. A screenshot is not they way to tackle this. It doesn't let you select text, it clashes with extensions like hoverzoom, it hides the screenshot on scroll.. I appreciate the effort but a better way would be finding all .gif images and replace with a canvas generated frame, keeping everything else in place.
  • (2015-12-29) Gabby Gabby: couldnt even open it
  • (2015-07-05) Tamas Biro: I agree previous commenter: "The animation starts again while you you scroll. Also it doesn't reduce the CPU consumption."
  • (2015-06-02) ___RaInBo ___: me encanta sirve enserio

Latest issues

  • (2019-09-10, v:1.15) A. Jesse Jiryu Davis: Interference with Gmail keyboard shortcuts on Chrome 76
    Hi! Chrome 76 changed how the escape key works, and that interacts badly with Gmail and the Stop Animations plugin. When I hit "escape", Gmail keyboard shortcuts stop working. If I hit "escape" again then kb shortcuts work again, but only sort of. I can hit "enter" to try to open an email from the inbox view, but only the address bar URL changes, the email itself does not open. Disabling the Stop Animations plugin fixes the issue.
  • (2017-01-02, v:1.11) NEXTSKY Switzerland: Background Animation
    All the new stupid background animations that make Terminal Server basically unusable can unfortunately not be stopped with your Example: http://www.atlantichotelfl.com/ Any sugestion ?
  • (2016-11-11, v:1.11) Nader El-Naggar: Can't use the input fields
    Dear Sir, When I applied this extension, the whole page was unusable. What I really need is to stop the animations but not freeze the page. I want the textboxes and buttons to remain active. Do you know of any extension that does this? It would be highly appreciated.
  • (2015-12-29, v:1.10) Gabby Gabby: cant open
    how do i open it?


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3.1 (96 votes)
Last update / version
2020-11-30 / 1.15
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