How To Allow ActiveX Controls to Run

ActiveX is an important part of a user’s browsing experience. It manages how all applications run and function when a user browses the Internet. It makes certain that numerous applications share a matching function. An example of this is if a user watches an online video clip. With ActiveX controls set to run, the user does not have to open a media layer to watch the video file, as ActiveX allows Internet Explorer to access that function.

The great capabilities of ActiveX have been exploited and encoded with malicious programs to get personal data from users. Consequently, Microsoft Internet Explorer will not allow a site to automatically install an ActiveX control, instead it will show a warning. And since ActiveX is used by most Web sites, there will be times that you would need to activate or enable the control. Here are the steps on how to do this task.

1. Close all running windows of Internet Explorer.

Either click on the “X” button on the upper-right most corner of your Internet explorer window, simultaneously press “ALT” and the “F4” keys on your keyboard or click “File” on your Menu bar and then select “Close” to exit the program.

2. Navigate to Internet Options or Internet Properties dialogue box.

There are three ways on how to do this.

  • Control Panel. Launch Control Pane either by clicking on the “Start Menu”, hovering your mouse or cursor to highlight “Settings” and then double clicking on Control Panel. If your Control Panel is on “Category View”, click on the link that says “Network and Internet Connections” and then the link to “Internet Options” to open the “Internet Properties” dialogue box.
  • Run command. Hit the “Start” button on the taskbar and select “Run” either by click on it or pressing “R” on your keyboard. On the Run command, input “inetcpl.cpl” to launch the “Internet Properties” dialogue box.
  • Internet Explorer. Launch your Internet Explorer either by clicking on its icon in the “Quick Launch” tool bar of your Windows Taskbar or using the “Start” button to get to “Programs” where Internet Explorer could be clicked.  You can also launch Internet Explorer by using the run command. Using your mouse, hit “Start”, then highlight and click “Run”. On the run command, type “iexplore” on the text field and press on the “OK” button. When the Internet Explorer is opened, on the Menu bar, click on “Tools” to expand the “Tools” menu and hit “Internet Options” to get the “Internet Options” dialogue box.

3. On the Internet Options dialogue box, locate the tab for Security.

Simply click on the tab that says “Security” to get into this part of the Internet Properties. Underneath the “Select a Web content zone to specify its security settings.”, highlight the “Internet” icon by clicking once on it. Under “Security level for this zone”, hit the button for “Custom Level...” to get into the “Security Settings” dialogue box.

4. Change the settings of “Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins”.

Under Settings, scroll down the box and look for “Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins” and choose the radio button next to “Enable”.

5. Change the settings of “Script ActiveX controls marked safe for scripting”.

Just below “Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins”, you will find “Script ActiveX controls marked for scripting”. Choose the radio button next to “Enable” then save the changes you made on the security settings by hitting the “OK” button twice. If you accessed the “Internet Options” dialogue box through Internet Explorer, close all running windows of Internet Explorer to apply the configuration you did.

Make sure to re-launch Internet Explorer as the changes will only be applied when the program is restarted.


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