How to Download Active X

by Kimbry Parker

According to Microsoft's website, ActiveX controls are small programs used on the Internet. These programs can improve your overall Internet browsing. You cannot view some websites without having ActiveX installed. When you visit a site that requires ActiveX, a box will pop up asking if you want to install the program. Once you install it, you can view the site in its entirety. Active X controls create scattered applications that work over the Internet through your web browser. They allow for you to safely view certain types of files, display animation, and customize applications for data gathering.

Go to This will take you to the homepage of CNet, a popular and trusted site for downloading software.

Scroll about halfway down the page and click on "DownloadX Active X Download Control 1.1.1." Although there are various ActiveX controls you can download, this is one of the more common and trusted versions.

Click on "Download Now" towards the top of the page. You may have a security measure on your computer that will prevent you from downloading ActiveX automatically. If this is the case, a bar will appear at the top of the page that alerts you that the download is being blocked. Click on that bar at the top of the page and select the option to complete the download.

Click "Save" when a box pops up on your screen asking if you want to Open, Save or Cancel the download. This will save the file to your default location, which is generally the My Documents folder. ActiveX is now installed on your computer.


About the Author

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.