How to Enable ActiveX

By Naomi Bolton

ActiveX is technology created by Microsoft in order to allow interactive content to run in the Internet Explorer browser. Websites that make use of ActiveX technology requires you to install ActiveX controls in order to see the content. In order for the content to display however, you need to enable ActiveX from the Internet Explorer security settings. Since this technology is only available for computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system and Internet Explorer browser it is not possible to activate it in other browsers such as Firefox.

Step 1

Launch Internet Explorer and click the gear-shaped "Tools" button.

Step 2

Click "Internet Options" and then click the "Security" tab.

Step 3

Click the "Custom level..." button to open the "Security Settings - Internet Zone" window.

Step 4

Scroll down to the "Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins" section and click the radio button next to "Enable."

Step 5

Click "OK" and then click "YES" when asked if you are sure you want to change the settings.

Step 6

Click "Apply" and then click "OK" to save the changes.

Tips & Warnings

  • ActiveX can only be enabled in Internet Explorer version 5.0 or later for the Windows OS.
  • Before allowing any ActiveX applications to run in your browser, make sure that the website is trusted. Allowing ActiveX applications to run can be a potential security risk so make sure you know the purpose of the application.