How to Disable JavaScript in Internet Explorer 11

JavaScript is an important part of most websites

A large number of websites use JavaScript in some way. It is an important part of most websites, including YouTube, Amazon, Twitter, and Facebook, and contributes in large part to their interactivity capabilities. Sometimes, however, it can present a security concern, prompting some Windows users to disable JavaScript code from being executed within their browsers.

Internet Explorer 11 offers the opportunity to do just that, whether it is for safety concerns or something else entirely, such as a development or testing exercise. Disabling JavaScript on a Windows operating system takes only a couple of minutes.

How to Disable JavaScript in Internet Explorer 11

To disable JavaScript on your Windows computer:

  1. Open your Internet Explorer 11 browser.

    Lifewire homepage in Internet Explorer 11.
  2. Select Tools (gear icon), located in the upper right corner of the IE11 browser window. Alternatively, press Alt + X.

    Selecting the Tools menu in Internet Explorer 11.
  3. When the drop-down menu appears, select Internet options to display IE11's internet options in a window overlaying your browser window.

    Selecting internet options in Internet Explorer 11.
  4. Select Security to open the security options.

    Internet Options in Internet Explorer 11.
  5. Select Custom level located in the Security level for this zone section to display the Internet Zone security settings. Scroll down until you locate the Scripting section.

    Selecting custom level in Internet Explorer 11.
  6. To disable JavaScript and other active scripting components in Internet Explorer 11, locate the Active scripting subheading and select Disable-ON. If you would rather be prompted each time a website attempts to launch any scripting code, select the Prompt-OFF.

    Disabling active scripting in Internet Explorer 11.
  7. Select OK.

    Selecting Ok in Internet Explorer 11.
  8. Select Yes when confirming if you want to change the settings for this zone.

    Selecting to confirm changes to settings in Internet Explorer 11.
  9. Select OK to close.

    Closing Internet options in Internet Explorer 11.