How to Enable ActiveX in IE 8

By Eric Som

Exclusive to Internet Explorer (IE), ActiveX, also referred to as ActiveX controls, "are small program building blocks that can be used to create distributed applications that work over the Internet through Web browsers," according to Indiana University. There are many benefits associated with using ActiveX controls, some of which, according to Indiana University, "include customized applications for gathering data, viewing certain kinds of files, and displaying animation." Therefore, enabling this feature in IE can extend its functionality, especially when it comes to browsing websites that employ various ActiveX technologies.

Step 1

Launch IE8 and then choose "Internet Options" from the "Tools" menu. The Internet Options box appears.

Step 2

Open the "Security" tab and then select "Custom level."

Step 3

Go to the "Internet ActiveX Controls and Plugins" section when the Security Settings dialogue box opens. Choose the "Enable" radio button under the "Run ActiveX Controls and Plugins" and "Script ActiveX Controls Marked Safe for Scripting" sections, respectively, and then hit "OK."

Step 4

Close the Internet Options dialogue box and any other IE windows that may be active and then restart the browser.