How to Enable ActiveX in Opera

By Kevin Lee

What began as a research project in 1994 blossomed into a full-fledged browser known as Opera. Equipped with the features found in competitive products such as Firefox and Internet Explorer, Opera expands the playing field with its own unique set of features. ActiveX allows website visitors to view ActiveX content such as games and movies on sites that deliver ActiveX content. Opera does not support ActiveX natively. However, a third party plug-in named "Neptune" allows Opera users to install and run ActiveX controls.

Step 1

Visit the Neptune download site. Enter your name and email address in the text boxes provided. Click "Continue." Read the licensing agreement and click "Accept and proceed to download."

Step 2

Click "Download." A window will prompt you to save the file. Click "Save" to save the file to your desktop.

Step 3

Exit Opera.

Step 4

Double-click the downloaded file. A wizard will guide you through the installation process.

Step 5

Press "Windows" and "E" together to open Windows Explorer. Navigate to the following folder:C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\PLUGINS

Step 6

Locate "npmeadax.dll" in the folder and right-click it to display a menu of options. Select "Copy."

Step 7

Navigate to the following folder in Windows Explorer:C:\Program Files\Opera\Program\Plugins

Step 8

Right-click an empty area in the folder and select "Paste." Windows will paste the plug-in into this folder.

Step 9

Open Opera and navigate to the "ActiveX and VBScript Support in Opera" Web page listed in Resources. Locate the "View in IE" link on that page and double-click it. Opera will add that button to your toolbar. Click this button when you visit a Web site that has ActiveX controls.

Tips & Warnings

  • Opera points out that the Neptune plug-in only works with Windows. Opera does not provide support for the plug-in.