Images can be a distraction for some users, especially if they convey no particular information. Disabling images can also increase page speed, as the amount of items a browser has to download is reduced. Here are some instructions on how to disable images for a variety of browsers.
- Firefox for Mac / Windows
- Select Tools, then Options (or Firefox » Preferences on a Mac), then from the Content tab, uncheck the option that says Load images automatically. When you refresh the page, all images will disappear, including background images defined in CSS.
- Safari for Mac / Windows
- Open the Preferences section (from the Edit menu in Windows, or the Safari menu on a Mac). Then select Appearance, and uncheck the option that says Display images when the page opens and refresh the browser.
- Internet Explorer for Windows
- To disable images on Internet Explorer, go to Tools, then Options and then select the Advanced tab. Scroll down the options until you reach the Multimedia section, and de-select the Show pictures option, click on OK, and then refresh your browser.
- Internet Explorer for Mac
- Go to Preferences from the Explorer menu, and under Web Content, uncheck the option to Show Pictures, and then reload.
- Opera for Windows
- Select Tools, then Preferences, and then choose the Web content tab. Finally, from the Images dropdown menu, select No images.