How to Check That the Java Script Is Turned On

By Kristen Waters

JavaScript is a client-side Web scripting language. It allows Web developers to create interactive and dynamic Web pages. However, the user's Web browser must have JavaScript turned on in order for the scripts to run. JavaScript is turned on by default on most browsers, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Safari. However, it can get turned off if the security level for the browsers is changed. If you are experiencing trouble viewing or using the interactive features of a Web page, check that JavaScript is enabled in your Web browser.

Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open the Internet Explorer Web browser.

Step 2

Click on the "Tools" menu at the top of the window.

Step 3

Click on "Internet Options" at the bottom of the list that appears.

Step 4

Click on the "Security" tab at the top of the "Internet Options" window.

Step 5

Click the "Custom Level" button near the bottom of the page.

Step 6

Locate the "Active Scripting" option about one-third of the way down the "Security Settings" list.

Step 7

Check that the radio button next to "Enable" is selected.

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1

Open the Mozilla Firefox Web browser.

Step 2

Click on the "Tools" menu at the top of the window. Linux users: click on the "Edit" menu.

Step 3

Click on "Options" at the bottom of the list that appears. Linux users: click on "Preferences."

Step 4

Click the "Content" icon at the top of the "Options" window.

Step 5

Check that there is a checkmark next to the "Enable JavaScript" option.

Safari

Step 1

Open the Safari Web browser.

Step 2

Click on the "Safari" menu at the top of the screen. Windows users: click on the "Edit" menu.

Step 3

Click on "Preferences" option from the list that appears.

Step 4

Click on the "Security" icon.

Step 5

Ensure that the "Enable JavaScript" box is selected.