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How To Enable ActiveX on Chrome

Posted by Anna Middleton on June 28, 2019
ActiveX Chrome

ActiveX is a framework that allows different software to communicate and share functionality and information. This technology has significantly improved software, as new possibilities were born with it. But how does it work and why is it so important?

The best way to explain its functionality is through an example. We’ll use applications that have spell checking capabilities. The first application that comes to mind is Microsoft Word. But applications like Outlook Express use spell checkers too.

Since there’s a need for the same functions in both cases, programmers came up with this concept that allows them to use the same code for both applications. There is no need to create a spell checker for both applications from scratch.

So, in this case, a spell checker object was created and it was easily implemented in both of these apps. The same goes for other apps that require spell checking. Why write the same thing over and over again?

How to Enable ActiveX on Google Chrome

Considering that ActiveX is obviously very useful, why isn’t it already enabled across all browsers? The answer lies in the fact that this technology was created by Microsoft. By default, ActiveX only works on applications that were also made by Microsoft – that includes Internet Explorer, PowerPoint, Excel, Word, etc.

However, you can now enable ActiveX on both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, even though this wasn’t possible initially. Let’s take a look at what you need to do.

Enabling ActiveX on Chrome

There are two methods that you can use for this. Go through them both and choose the method that’s easier for you to follow.

Method 1

  1. Open your Google Chrome browser.
  2. Click on the Google Chrome Menu option (three horizontal or vertical lines/dots, depending on the version that you have installed).
  3. Click on Settings.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Advanced.
  5. Navigate to the System section.
  6. Select Open Proxy Settings and a new popup window will appear.
  7. Click on the Security tab and select Custom Level (located under the Security Level for This Zone section).
    System SectionCustom Level

From there, you will be able to see all the security settings that you can change. Scroll down and select the Prompt option for both “Download Signed ActiveX Controls” and “Download Unsigned ActiveX Controls sections”. Also, make sure that Enable has been checked in the “Run ActiveX Control and Plug-Ins” section.

ActiveX Enable Config

Click on OK and restart your browser for the changes to be saved.

Method 2

In the second method, we will enable ActiveX by adding it as a Chrome extension. First, you’ll have to download and install the plug-in externally.

  1. Download the file here.
  2. Click on the Google Chrome Menu (three horizontal or vertical lines/dots).
  3. Select More Tools.
  4. Click on Extensions.
  5. Go to the folder where you have downloaded the plug-in.
  6. Drag the plug-in on the Extensions page.
  7. A list of permissions will appear, so click Add.

After you have completed the last step, restart your browser and you will be good to go.

Enabling ActiveX on Mozilla Firefox

When it comes to Mozilla Firefox, this process is similar.

  1. Download the ActiveX plug-in for Mozilla here.
  2. Install the plug-in after you’ve downloaded it by clicking on its icon and following the instructions.
  3. Open Mozilla and go to Tools in order to check if the plug-in was installed successfully.
  4. Choose Add-Ons.
  5. Select the Plugins tab.

You should now be able to see ActiveX listed as a plug-in.

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That’s all you need to do to enable ActiveX on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Did these methods help you? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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