How to Install ActiveX for Mac OS X

By Jennifer Moore

Updated February 10, 2017

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Enabling ActiveX and Java controls makes viewing 3D animations, playing games and viewing movies possible on your Mac Computer. For ActiveX to work on Mac OS X, you need to have Internet Explorer, as it is an application made exclusively for this browser. You should consider that malware can filter through the ActiveX controls on Windows based operating systems, and although Macs are less likely to get viruses, fully enabling ActiveX and Java scripting does increase that risk slightly.

Click on “ Internet Explorer” and select “Preferences” from the top tool bar.

Choose “Web Browser” from the list of options that appears.

Select “Web Content” and wait for a new window to appear.

Locate the “Active Content” category and select “Enable Scripting.”

Click “OK” and “Refresh” to get the Internet Browser explorer to restart and to enable the new controls.