Enable ActiveX Control

If you’re running a Windows operating system on your computer and are using Internet Explorer, you may need to enable ActiveX controls on your computer for some of the web pages on the Internet to display properly. An example of such a page is Yahoo! Mail. Viewing your email from Yahoo! will require you to enable ActiveX controls. If it isn’t enabled you won’t be able to use the XML features of the site. However, if you are using a different web browser such as Opera or Firefox then you won’t need to enable any ActiveX components.

Enable ActiveX Controls

The steps to enable ActiveX in Internet Explorer are relatively easy. You will need to install Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher to do this. The first thing you need to do is to launch Internet Explorer either from the Start Menu or from its icon on your computer’s desk top.

Once you have Internet Explorer up on your screen click on the Tools drop down menu and then select Internet Options. This will pull up the Internet Options window. From here, click on the Security tab, which is in between the General and Privacy tabs. On the Security tab you’ll be allowed to select a zone and change its security settings. The four zones are located inside the box and are entitled as Internet, Local Intranet, Trusted Sites, and Restricted Sites.

By default the Internet zone is highlighted. If it isn’t then click it. Next, click on the Custom Level button below. This will pull up the Security Settings – Internet Zone window/dialog box. You’ll be shown a list of items with radio buttons at the bottom representing options for each setting on the list. This is exactly where you enable ActiveX controls.

Make sure that the ‘Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins’ is set to ‘Enable’. If not, click the radio button next to ‘Enable’ to select it for this setting. Next, make sure that the ‘Script ActiveX controls marked safe for scripting’ is also set to ‘Enable’. If not, then click the radio button to enable this setting. At this point you need to click ‘OK’ at the bottom to save the settings that you selected. This will also close the current dialog box.

The next step is to click ‘OK’ again on the Internet Options window, which basically saves your settings and closes or exits it. Now you need to exit Internet Explorer by clicking on the red X on the upper right hand corner. Launch Internet Explorer again and this time ActiveX is now enabled.