How to Enable ActiveX in Google Chrome


Websites use a number of different technologies to provide users with sound, animations and the other elements that make up an attractive and interactive page. One of those technologies is ActiveX, a set of small control programs from Microsoft that enable rich content on websites. ActiveX is little used because of its potential for security problems, and Chrome doesn't support it directly. However, the IE Tab add-on will let you view pages that require ActiveX.

  • Go to Google's Chrome Web Store, and search for "IE Tab." It should show up as the first listing in the Extensions section.

  • Click the "Add to Chrome" button in the upper right corner of the IE Tab search result. A dialog box might pop up, explaining that IE Tab might record your browsing data. Click "Add" to confirm the installation.

  • Download the file, clicking "Continue" when prompted to do so. When the download is finished, click "Install." The extension will install itself and place an Internet Explorer icon at the end of your browser's address bar.

  • Open an Internet Explorer tab within Chrome by clicking the IE icon, then type the URL for a site that uses ActiveX. When the site prompts you to install ActiveX extensions in your browser, click "Accept."

Tips & Warnings

  • The IE Tab extension requires you to have a copy of Internet Explorer installed on your system. This means it can't be used for Mac or Linux computers.


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