ActiveX controls are viable add-on, security components for the Internet Explorer 8 Web browser. Without the ActiveX controls, some websites, applications and Flash components may not load successfully in the browser. Fortunately, the IE 8 browser comes with the proper ActiveX controls. But, they will need to be enabled and configured to complete the last leg of the installation. ActiveX controls can be enabled and configured through the IE 8 Internet Options' settings.
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Open the IE 8 Web browser.
Select the "Tools" option on the menu bar at the top of the IE 8 browser window.
Scroll to the bottom of the Tools' collapsible menu, and click "Internet Options." When the Internet Options' box opens, there will be a list of menu tabs across the top of the box.
Click the "Security"tab to access the controls and settings' configurations for IE 8.
Select the ActiveX controls' zone you'd like to configure. Then, select the "Custom Level" option. The Security Settings' will appear in a new pop-up window.
Locate the "Run ActiveX Controls and Plug-ins" section in the Security Settings' window.
Click "Enable" for each ActiveX control component you'd like to configure and install to the IE 8 browser, and click "OK." (A user account breach may appear for administrative access approval depending on your Windows operating system. If it does, simply click "Continue" to approve the change.)
Tips and warnings
- If you are using IE 8 in Windows Vista or 7, administrative access may not be required to make setting changes to the Web browser. ActiveX controls in these operating systems can be installed per user. Therefore, every user account can have different ActiveX controls installed for the IE 8 browser.
- Administrative access is mandatory for installing and configuring ActiveX controls in IE 8 in Windows XP or earlier versions of the Windows operating system. Without this type of access, you will not even be able to access the IE 8 Internet Options. To gain administrative access to the computer, you'll need to log off the current user account, and log back into the computer. The administrative account may be self-titled or listed as a specified user name. This account may also be password protected. So, it will be very important that you know this information to gain access to the account.
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