How to Install ActiveX Control for Flash Player

By Craig Witt

The ActiveX development framework was created by Microsoft. It allows programmers to embed dynamic functionality into applications and websites viewed using the company's Internet Explorer browser. The Adobe Flash Player plug-in, which allows users to view audio, video and animations created in Flash, uses an ActiveX control to install itself in Internet Explorer. Once your browser is configured to accept ActiveX controls, installing Flash Player is a quick process.

Step 1

Open a single Internet Explorer browser window. If you have multiple windows open, close all but one of them.

Step 2

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

Step 3

Select the tab near the top of the dialog box labeled "Security" and then click the "Custom Level" button.

Step 4

Browse the long list of features until you find the heading labeled "ActiveX Controls and Plug-ins." Choose "Enable" or "Prompt" for three specific features: "Download Signed ActiveX Controls," "Run ActiveX Controls and Plug-ins" and "Script ActiveX Controls Marked Safe for Scripting." If you use Internet Explorer 5 or 6, set all ActiveX options to "Enable" or "Prompt." Do the same for the "Active Scripting" setting in these two browser versions.

Step 5

Click "OK" two times to close the open dialog boxes and save your changes.

Step 6

Navigate to Adobe's website in your open browser window. Click the "Get Adobe Flash Player" icon located on the right-hand side of the screen, and then click the yellow "Agree and install now" button to start the installation process.

Step 7

Click the yellow bar if it appears on the top of your screen, select the "Install Active X Control" option, and then click the "Install" button in the following dialog box. Depending on your ActiveX settings, the yellow bar may not appear. In either case, installation typically takes less than a minute. The Flash Player is ready to use after the process completes.