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Version: 1.0
Last revised date: 8/03/2007

Do you have a "Click to activate and use this control" issue on your website?

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7 requires users to click to activate embedded controls/applets (such as Java applets, Flash and ActiveX controls) since April 2006. This can lead to an annoying experience for users.

To resolve this issue, you can use an external javascript to load individual controls as detailed here. For large websites with many pages, it may be impractical to do so. ActivateAX is a JavaScript that provides a quick and convenient solution.

The applet below is activated by ActivateAX

alt="Your browser understands the <APPLET> tag but isn't running the applet, for some reason." Your browser is ignoring the <APPLET> tag!
Click inside the rectangular space

Quick solution
  • For websites which share a common Header file
  • Excellent for websites with large number of pages
  • Automatically activate all embedded controls/applets
  • Applies to Java applets, Flash and ActiveX controls

  • Just add ActivateAX script to the Page Header

Cross-browser compatible
  • Internet Explorer
  • FireFox
  • Mozilla
  • Netscape
  • Opera
  • Safari
  • Konqueror
  • Galeon

Important Note
  • Where possible, it is better to use an external JavaScript instead
  • ActivateAX is not guaranteed to work all the time
  • Purpose of ActivateAX is to provide a quick solution for large websites, until Microsoft resolves this issue.

Sometimes, when the embedded controls/applets load slower than ActivateAX script, then ActivateAX will fail. The result is a graceful degradation, and the web page will perform normally as if ActivateAX is never added. But after the first page load, the same page will perform fine, as all the controls are stored in browser cache.


Download ActivateAX (2 KB)
view documentation
View ActivateAX Documentation


ActivateAX is currently available as a free download only.
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