How Do You Enable ActiveX Controls in Windows?


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To enable ActiveX controls in Windows, access the Internet Options dialog box from Internet Explorer, and select the Enable option for every action regarding ActiveX controls, including downloading, running and scripting. To enable the installation of ActiveX controls, edit ActiveX policies from the Local Group Policy Editor screen, and configure the settings that control the installation of signed and unsigned ActiveX controls.

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Start Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon to open the menu, and click on Internet Options. Open the Security tab, click on the Custom Level button, navigate to the ActiveX Controls and Plug-ins section, and select Enable for every option to automate the selected processes in the future. Alternatively, select Prompt to manually give permission when prompted. Click OK to close the Security Settings dialog box, click OK again, and restart your computer to put the changes into effect.

To enable the installation process, hold the Windows key, and press R to open the Run dialog box, type “gpedit.msc” in the text field, and click OK. Double-click on the Administrative Templates folder, click on the arrow next to Windows Components, and click on ActiveX Installer Service. Right-click on the Approved Installation Sites for ActiveX Controls entry, select Edit, click Enabled, and then click OK. Repeat this process for the ActiveX Installation Policy for Sites in Trusted Zone entry. Finally, click on the Show button next to Host URLs, and add trusted websites to enable installation from these sources without having to approve the process as an administrator every time.

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