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Adobe Flash Player has stopped potentially unsafe operation

Recently I did a training with materials offline using Adobe Flash.

Sources are usually in a compressed file or a CD/DVD drive, and when I ran the starting web page using Microsoft Internet Explorer I’ve received the following error message:

Adobe Flash Player Security

Adobe Flash Player has stopped a potentially unsafe operation.

The following local application on your computer or network:
is trying to communicate with this Internet-enabled location:

To let this application communicate with the Internet, click Settings.
You must restart the application after changing your settings.
OK Settings…

Adobe Flash Player has stopped potentially unsafe operation


  1. This error message appeared only using Microsoft Internet Explorer and NOT with Google Chrome.
  2. Unfortunately clicking the button Settings the error message disappears without show any configuration screen and to receive again the error I have to close the browser and re-open it.

As the error message itself is saying, Adobe Flash player stopped the operation because a local file wants to communicate with an “Internet-enabled location” that in our case is local but it could be on internet and for this reason dangerous (“unsafe operation”).

Adobe Flash Player has stopped potentially unsafe operation


  1. Access to the local Flash Player Settings Manager (click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Flash Player)
    Adobe Flash Player Settings Manager
  2. click the Advanced tab then on Trusted Location Settings
    Adobe Flash Player Settings Manager - Advanced
  3. click Add…
    Trusted Location Settings
  4. click Add File… to select the .sfw file or Add Folder… to select the folder or CD/DVD drive then Confirm
    Add Site
  5. Close the browser

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HOW TO save Gmail message in PDF or Microsoft Word

To save Gmail message in PDF or Microsoft Word you don’t need to install additional software or tools, follow these easy steps:

Update of 15/08/14:
Sign in to your Gmail

Go to Tools and choose Settings
Google Chrome - Tools - Settings

Select Labs tab
Google Chrome - Settings - Labs

Scroll the page until you found Create a Document lab then click on Enable
Google Chrome - Labs - Create a Document

and Save Changes in the bottom of the page.
Google Chrome - Settings - Labs - Save Changes

Gmail message in PDF or Microsoft Word

Now, when you open an email you can go in More and choose Create a document
Google Chrome - More - Create a document
So you have created a document with your email that you can Publish, Print Share from your Google Drive or using the File menu to choose Download as to save it in

  • Microsoft Word (.docx)
  • OpenDocument Format (.odt)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • PDF Document (.pdf)
  • Plain Text (.txt)
  • Web Page (.html, zipped)

Google Chrome - File - Download as to save Gmail message in PDF or Microsoft Word

Gmail retires Create a Docs Lab

Google suggests to use the functionality to save the document in Google Drive to have a copy in PDF:

  1. open an email in Gmail
  2. click on the print icon. A new window with the print dialog will open
  3. under Destination, click “Change”. A small window with options will open
  4. near the bottom under Google Cloud Print, click “Save to Google Drive”. The window will close
  5. click “Save”
  6. go to your Google Drive and the document should be there

To have a copy in Microsoft Word the only solution is open the pdf, select all the contents, then copy and paste in a new document in your pc.

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