My Java Won't Work

by Erin McManaway

Some applications online such as chat rooms, games and Internet programs require a Java installation before your computer will be able to use them. If your Java isn't working properly, you may need to be sure that the newest version of Java is installed on your computer. You can get this Java installation for free online at the Java website. If you have the newest version installed, you may need to enable Java on your Internet browser.

Test and Download Java

Go to the Java test site (see Resources) to determine if you have a working and updated version of Java. The applet on the page will load and give you a confirmation message if everything is working correctly.

Navigate to the "Downloads" page of the Java website if you need to update your version of Java.

Download and install the newest version of Java based on your computer's operating system.

Enable Java on Internet Explorer

Click the "Tools" menu and choose "Internet Options."

Navigate to the "Advanced" tab and find "Java (Sun)" in the list.

Place a check mark in the box next to "Java."

Navigate to the "Security" tab and click the "Custom Level" button.

Find "Scripting of Java Applets" in the list and make sure that the setting is enabled.

Click "OK" to save your settings.

Enable Java on Firefox

Click the "Tools" menu and choose "Options."

Navigate to the "Content" tab.

Place a check mark in the box next to "Enable JavaScript."

Click the "OK" button to save your settings.

Enable Java on Chrome

Click the "Tools" menu and choose "Options."

Navigate to the "Under the Hood" tab and click the "Content Settings" button.

Navigate to the "JavaScript" tab.

Ensure the "Allow all sites to run JavaScript" setting is marked.

Click "Close" to save your settings.

About the Author

Erin McManaway holds a B.A. in professional writing from Francis Marion University, where she earned the Richard B. Larsen Memorial Award for Business and Technical Writing. She has worked in materials development, media and information technology in the nonprofit sector since 2006. McManaway has also been a writer and editor since 2008.