How to Turn on JavaScript in Internet Explorer

By Kevin Lee

Using JavaScript, Internet developers display engaging animations, play music and create a variety of engaging special effects inside Web browsers. JavaScript, a programming language, allows developers to make static HTML Web pages interactive and more productive. However, a price tag comes with this technology. Cyber-criminals often use JavaScript to hijack browsers, insert viruses into computers and even steal user identities. Some Internet users disable JavaScript because of these security threats. If you use Internet Explorer and JavaScript does not work, you can enable it quickly.

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" menu and type "inetcpl.cpl" (without the quotes). Windows will open the "Internet Options" window. This window lets you change settings that apply to Internet browsing and Internet Explorer.

Step 2

Click "Security" and then "Custom Level" to display Internet Explorer's "Security Settings" window.

Step 3

Scroll down and locate the "Scripting" section. This section contains multiple scripting options including "Active Scripting and "Allow Programmatic clipboard access."

Step 4

Click the "Disable" radio button next to each scripting option.

Step 5

Click "OK" and restart Internet Explorer.

Tips & Warnings

  • After enabling JavaScript, you may see pop-up windows that display scripting error messages. These are usually website programming errors that you can ignore. To eliminate these pop-ups, follow the link in Resources.