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Step By Step IE Tutorial: Enabling Javascript

written by: Robert Faustus•edited by: Christian Cawley•updated: 9/18/2010

Have you ever loaded a page and ended up with an error about Java not being enabled? Or ever encountered a site that had a message stating that you had to install Java?

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    Javascript is configured to be enabled as default for Internet Explorer, but it can be accidentally disabled. There is nothing to worry about however, as you can easily enabled Javascript in Internet Explorer if you find that you are encountering errors. In most cases, websites that have Javascript code will give warnings or error messages stating that your version of Internet Explorer needs to have Javascript enabled. In some cases, there may be a message stating that Java is not installed or needs to be enabled.

    If you've noticed that you're receiving these types of errors, follow these easy steps in enabling Javascript on Internet Explorer.

    Step One - Open Internet Explorer

    • Open Internet Explorer, it can be found in your Start menu. Click your Start button, then hover over Programs and you will see Internet Explorer listed. Click it to open Internet Explorer.

    Step Two - Open Up Internet Options

    • From within Internet options, on the menu bar, click on Tools and scroll down to Internet Options. Click Internet Options to open the Internet Options pop up dialog.

    Step 2 - Open Up Into Internet Options Step Three - Finding the Advanced Settings

    • The Internet Options pop up dialog has several different options. It can seem a bit overwhelming but luckily, enabling Javascript in Internet Explorer is in one particular section. To enable Javascript in Internet Explorer, within the Internet Options pop up dialog click on Advanced. Advanced is one of the 7 tabs across the top, the last tab actually.

    Step 3 - Advanced Settings Step 4 - Enable Javascript in Internet Explorer

    • In the Advanced portion of Internet Options is where the option to enable Javascript resides within Internet Explorer. You'll have to scroll down towards the middle. Keep scrolling through until you see a section on Java (Sun). If you scroll down to Printing or Security, you've scrolled down too much.
    • Look for Use JRE x.x.x_xx for <applet> (requires restart). I've replaced the actual numbers with an 'x' as your version of Java may be different. Click on the empty checkbox to enable Javascript.

    Step 4 - Enable Javascript in Internet Explorer Step 5 - Restart the Computer

    • One requirement of this particular change in enabling Javascript in Internet Explorer is that you must restart. Once you press OK, a pop up will appear asking if you want to restart. Before you click Yes, be sure to save any work that you have open. Also close all other unnecessary windows. Though this isn't required, it speeds up the restart and also helps to ensure that you do not have any unsaved files open.
    • Once all files have been closed and saved, click Yes to have your computer restart.

    Step 6 - Open Internet Explorer

    • The final step is to open Internet Explorer and validate that the change had occurred successfully. Go back to the site that had javascript features and verify that you have enabled Javascript for Internet Explorer.

    You've now successfully enabled Internet Explorer to run Javascript. Just continue to follow these 6 simple steps every time Java is unintentionally disabled.