How to Disable JavaScript in Internet Explorer 11

JavaScript is an important part of most websites

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Almost 90 percent of all 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.

Although JavaScript is in wide use on the web, it poses the occasional security concern, prompting some Windows users to want 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.

  2. Click on the gear icon, also known as the Action or Tools menu, located in the upper right corner of the IE11 browser window.

  3. When the drop-down menu appears, click on Internet options to display IE11's internet options in a window overlaying your browser window.

  4. Click on the Security tab to open the security options.

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

  6. To disable JavaScript and other active scripting components in Internet Explorer 11, locate the Active scripting subheading and click on the accompanying Disable radio button. If you would rather be prompted each time a website attempts to launch any scripting code, select the Prompt radio button.