Keep Flash Behind Other Elements

For example, a dropdown menu going "behind" a flash movie, or staying on top of a lightbox layover.

Try This #1

Add this to the Flash embed code:

<param name="wmode" value="transparent">

Try This #2

Make sure the element that is supposed to be on top has positioning (fixed, relative, or absolute) and a z-index value higher than the Flash object.


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    Ben Williams
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    Thanks i was wondering how i would get flash to be behind. Very helpful.

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    helpful trick. thanks

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    Tonya -- I am a Website Designer (Love Website Designs)

    Great website design Chris and also great tips!
    Love your website! =)

    Tonya in Stafford, VA, USA
    near Washington DC

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    thank you

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    Patsy Gillispie
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    I try to handle this with positioning but this is good to know. Thanks.

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    thx, i find your tutorial via google. i am working to solve flash problem right now. good job

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    thanks, this worked great.

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    Great CSS code tips! Thank you so much!


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    this code not working in ie7

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    The code doesn’t work for me I’ve tried it in all the browsers I could think of except IE 9 because I am using windows xp still but it doesn’t work on firefox opera chrome or safari, and i treid it with IE8

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    Thank you. I changed the position to relative and set the z-index values and it resolved this issue!

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      Jared you are a genious. Something so simple. I tried many different solutions, e.g. wmode, etc and it didn’t work. But your solution by adding position to relative worked.. Thanks again.

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    I attempted this, sadly the flash videos from YouTube still float above my header bar. Ive even given the header an absurd z-index with out any change. :(

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    It won;t work and spent whole week researching for IE. In transparent your background will disappear unless the background is the same as the movie. Try this it worked for me

    <object id="flash1" data="splash.swf" height="325" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="960">
    <param name="movie" value="splash.swf" />
    <param name="quality" value="High" />
    <param name="wmode" value="opaque" />
    <param name="menu" value="false" />

    see a demo here:

    Cheers have fun !

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      This worked for me better than the blogs solution. The main values to change are the values of wmode and menu to opaque and false, respectively. +1 to you sir for this workaround without the hassle of adding more lines to the css.

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    Simon Davies
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    I am having issue with youtube and chrome.. I have a header fixed at the top, so that the content below scrolls behind it, but then when the youtube player is scrolled underneath the header the header background image re-positions itself and adds spacing. But this only happens when i use the background position of fixed.

    any ideas how to prevent this


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    I tried all the possible ways I am not getting the solution. The drop down menu is getting hidden behind the flash object in chrome.

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    Keep Flash Behind Other Elements while Flash is coming from other site? can we fix it?

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    I want to show a previous and next div over flash content which is opening in iframe.I have tried all the wmode=opaque or wmode=transparent or wmode=window, but fail to work in IE8.
    I cant add because flash content is coming from other site.I am loading the other site in iframe.
    Please help me ASAP.

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    Thanks all! If anyone else (like me) was having problems, also be sure to check out Lauris’ comment.

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    This is amazing!

    Worked for me! Thanks, more power!

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    Wicked thanks man, love easy wins.

    sf d-)=

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    Or… if an iFrame


    emphasis on the ?wmode=opaque or ?wmode=transparent.

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    Thanks man. This worked great!!

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    Thank You….changing the wmode param value to transparent worked for me

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    Another solution: <EMBED src="/FlashAnimation.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wMode="Transparent">

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