Title: Steps for ActiveX Installation Date: 25.04.2012. Student: Marina Novakovic Subject: Information and Communications Technologies If you browse the Web regularly, it won’t be long before you come across a site that requires ActiveX. Use the following guide to learn how to install ActiveX. Step 1 Look for the yellow bar at the top of the Web page. This means the site incorporates ActiveX controls. This will usually pop up under the browser window. There might be a message on it saying "This site might require software from ... Click here to install” or something similar. To view all the contents of the page, ActiveX must be installed. Step 2 Click the yellow bar. A security warning will pop up. It will state "Active X component was installed by company X”. Two options will be shown, to install or not to install. Click Install. Step 3 Click Install again. At this point, the options may vary depending on what Web browser you are using. Usually though, a dialog box will appear. It will ask you if you want to install the control. Click install again. If you don’t want to continue, click “Don’t install”. Step 4 Click Refresh on the Web browser. Its location will vary among the browsers. After you refresh the browser, the installation will be finished. Most of the time, the control will be audio or video. If for some reason the video or audio is not available, press the F5 key to refresh the page again. The control will be visible. Notes This procedure has to be repeated on other websites that need ActiveX. This is not a one-time installation procedure. This is something that anyone studying how to install ActiveX should know. Whenever a page asks for the controls, they must be installed. However, the process is the same as the one described above. Tips and Warnings Press Ctrl + R to quickly refresh the page. If you don’t trust the ActiveX develop, do not download the control. You will still be able to view the page except for the part that uses ActiveX. Only download ActiveX components from reputable sites. Using controls from suspicious looking websites could render your system vulnerable to hacking. What is ActiveX?
ActiveX are programs that can function within the Windows environment. They are usually designed for use with Web pages. These were created to ensure that different programs could use the same functions. One of the most useful is the spell checker. Rather than make one for each Microsoft Office app, Microsoft created the ActiveX spell checker that could be used by all the Office programs. An ActiveX control is written in a computer programming language, usually Visual Basic or C++. All the controls function within a Web browser, so learning how to install ActiveX is not that difficult to understand. References I used: http://www.tech-faq.com/install-active-x.html http://www.installactivex.org/activex-control.html http://www.installactivex.net/ http://www.systemdisc.com/how-do-i-install-active-x