How to Allow ActiveX to Work in My Browser

by Kefa Olang
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ActiveX is a type of component used by Internet Explorer to launch applications in the browser. Certain applications such as the Windows Media Player (WMP) or QuickTime rely on ActiveX controls to playback video on the browser. To ensure that your browser can run applications, you have to enable the ActiveX control. You can do so easily from the browsers management console.

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" menu and click the "Control Panel."

Step 2

Double-click "Internet Options." This launches Internet Explorer's management console. Click the "Security" tab and click the "Custom Level" button under "Security Level for this Zone." This launches the Security Settings window.

Step 3

Scroll down the settings window and click the "Enable" radio button under "Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins." Click the "Enable" radio button under "Script ActiveX Controls Marked Safe for Scripting."

Click "OK" to save the changes and click "OK" again to close Internet Options. To activate the settings, close and restart your web browser.


  • Firefox does not officially support ActiveX Controls. ActiveX is not supported by Microsoft on other operating systems such as Mac or Linux.


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About the Author

Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.

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