How to Enable JavaScript in Windows 7

By Craig Witt

JavaScript is a browser-based scripting language used by millions of websites. It allows programmers to create Web pages capable of delivering dynamic functionality and in-page refreshing that can be interpreted by any modern browser. Because JavaScript has often been used to deploy pop-ups and other distracting page elements, some users opt to disable the technology. Fortunately, whether you use Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera or Safari on your Windows 7 computer, you can re-enable JavaScript with only a few clicks.

Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open an Internet Explorer browser window.

Step 2

Click the "Tools" button near the top-right corner of the window and select "Internet Options."

Step 3

Select the "Security" tab located at the top of the resulting dialog box and then click the "Custom Level" button.

Step 4

Scroll down through the list of options until you reach the "Scripting" section.

Step 5

Set the "Active scripting" option to "Enable."

Step 6

Click "OK" on each of the next two screens to confirm the change.

Firefox

Step 1

Open a Firefox browser window.

Step 2

Click the "Tools" option in the top menu bar and then select "Options."

Step 3

Select the "Content" tab located at the top of the resulting dialog box.

Step 4

Check the "Enable JavaScript" box.

Step 5

Click "OK" to confirm the change.

Opera

Step 1

Open an Opera browser window.

Step 2

Click the "Menu" button at the top-left corner of the window.

Step 3

Select "Settings," followed by "Quick Preferences."

Step 4

Check the "Enable JavaScript" box that appears in the resulting sub-menu.

Safari

Step 1

Open a Safari browser window.

Step 2

Click the "Edit" item in the top menu bar and then select "Preferences."

Step 3

Select the "Security" tab in the resulting dialog box.

Step 4

Check the "Enable JavaScript" box.

Step 5

Click the "X" in the top-right corner of the dialog box to confirm the change.