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How to Enable JavaScript
May 30, 2007

JavaScript is a programming language built into web browsers. A few people disable it in the belief that this will improve Internet security. Indeed, browser makers may advise people to disable JavaScript when a new security problem is found and the browser maker has not yet fixed the problem, and some people do not re-enable JavaScript when the browser is fixed.

Some sites need JavaScript to work properly. You may have come here because you have been told that it is disabled. This tells you how to enable it:

Note: it is possible that JavaScript is enabled in your browser, but something else is preventing JavaScript from working as it should. See the sidebars for more about this.

Caution: it is risky to use old browsers with JavaScript enabled. Before enabling JavaScript, make sure you have the latest security updates for your browser.

Firefox Browser Firefox

This gives instructions for enabling JavaScript in Firefox.

Firefox 2.0

Click Tools in the menu bar, click Options, click Content, check the option labelled Enable JavaScript, and click the Okay button. Refresh the page to view it with JavaScript enabled.

Older Versions

It is unsafe to use Firefox older than version 2.0, because older versions have uncorrected security flaws. You should use the latest version that runs on your PC.

Microsoft Internet Explorer Internet Explorer

This gives instructions for enabling JavaScript in Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer 5.01, 6, 7, or 8

Go to the website, click Tools in the menu bar, click Internet Options, click Security, click Custom Level, check the option labelled Active Scripting Enable (you will have to scroll down a lot to find this option, and note that Internet Explorer refers to JavaScript as “Active Scripting”), and click the Okay button twice. Refresh the page to view it with JavaScript enabled.

Other Versions

It is unsafe to use Internet Explorer 5.5, versions older than 5.01, or any version for Mac PCs, because they have uncorrected security flaws. If you have Windows, you should use the latest version that runs on your PC; if you have a Mac, you should use an alternate browser.

AOL-Netscape Netscape

It is often unsafe to use Netscape, because it frequently has unfixed security flaws, and after Mar 1, 2008 it is no longer supported. You should use another browser.

Opera Opera

This gives instructions for enabling JavaScript in Opera.

Opera 9

Click Tools in the menu bar, click Preferences, click Advanced, click Content, check the option labelled Enable JavaScript, and click the Okay button. Refresh the page to view it with JavaScript enabled.

Older Versions

It is unsafe to use Opera older than version 9, because older versions have uncorrected security flaws. You should use the latest version that runs on your PC.

Safari Safari

This gives instructions for enabling JavaScript in Safari.

All Versions

Click Edit in the menu bar, click Preferences, click Security, check the option labelled Enable JavaScript, and close the window. Reload the page to view it with JavaScript enabled.

You should use the latest version of Safari that runs on your PC.

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