Disable Active Scripting in Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer active scripting

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You may wish to disable Active Scripting within the Internet Explorer browser for development or security purposes. This tutorial explains how it's done.

Active Scripting (or sometimes called ActiveX Scripting) is what supports scripts in the web browser. When enabled, scripts are free to run at will, but you have the option to disable them completely or force IE to ask you each time they try to open.

The steps required to manage scripts in Internet Explorer is really easy and should only take a minute or two.

Stop Scripts From Running in Internet Explorer

You can either follow these steps in order or run the in etc pl.cpl command from a Run dialog box or Command Prompt and then skip down to Step 4.

  1. Open Internet Explorer.

  2. Select the gear icon, also known as the Action or Tools menu, located in the upper right-hand corner.

  3. Select Internet options.

  4. Open the Security tab.

  5. In the Select a zone section, choose Internet.

  6. From the bottom area, under the area titled Security level for this zone, select the Custom level button to open the Security Settings - Internet Zone window.

  7. Scroll down the page until you find the Scripting section.

  8. Under the Active scripting header, select the radio button labeled Disable.

  9. You can instead choose to have IE ask you for permission each time a script attempts to run rather than disabling them all in one swoop. If you prefer, choose Prompt instead.

  10. Select OK at the very bottom to exit the window.

  11. Choose Yes when asked, "Are you sure you want to change the settings for this zone?"

  12. Select OK on the Internet Options window to exit.

  13. Restart Internet Explorer by exiting out of the whole browser and then opening it again.