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How to enable JavaScript in Internet Explorer

This guide will step you through the process of enabling JavaScript in Internet Explorer.

  1. Select the "Tools" menu

    In Internet Explorer 6, 7 or 8, "Tools" is a menu at the top of the screen:

    Screenshot showing the tools menu for Internet Explorer 6/7/8

    In Internet Explorer 9 and higher, "Tools" is found by clicking the gear icon on the right-hand side of the browser window:

    Screenshot showing the tools menu in Internet Explorer 9

  2. Select "Internet Options"

    In Internet Explorer 6, 7 or 8, "Internet Options" is the bottom menu item:

    Screenshot of the tools menu for Internet Explorer 6/7/8

    In Internet Explorer 9 and higher, "Internet Options" is the second-last option:

    Screenshot showing the tools menu in Internet Explorer 9

  3. Select the "Security" tab

    The window which has just appeared will have a tab labled "Security"; please click it:

    Screenshot showing the Security tab in Internet Explorer 9

  4. Click the "Custom Level..." button

    Enabling or disabling JavaScript in Internet Explorer involves setting a custom security level; so click the button to modify it.

    Screenshot showing the 'Custom Level' button

  5. Scroll down and change the Active Scripting setting

    Scroll down to the section titled "Scripting". There is a sub-section called "Active scripting". Click the option "Enable" to enable Javascript. Press the "OK" button to save this change.

    Screenshot of the Security Settings Customisation options

  6. Confirm the change

    Because you are changing an important setting, Internet Explorer will prompt you to confirm that you really want to do this. Press the "Yes" button to confirm this change.

    Screenshot of the confirmation dialog

  7. Close "Internet Options"

    You are now returned to the original "Internet Options" window. Press the "OK" button to close it and return to your normal web browsing.

    Screenshot of the same 'Internet Options' window

  8. JavaScript is now enabled

    Congratulations, you just enabled JavaScript. Click here to confirm that JavaScript is now enabled.

Looking for guides to enable JavaScript in other web browsers?

Here are some guides for other web browsers like Chrome or Firefox.

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