How to Activate the ActiveX Yellow Bar to Show


On a default install of the Internet Explorer browser, you are prompted for permission to allow the download of signed ActiveX controls. This request is presented in a yellow information bar spanning across the top of the browser. Setting the browser to prompt you prior to downloading ActiveX is ideal, as it limits the chance of downloading malicious software to your computer. If the information bar is no longer displaying on your screen, you can restore it from within the Internet Explorer security settings.

  • Press the "Windows" and "R" keys simultaneously.

  • Type "Inetcpl.cpl" (without quotes) in the "Run" box and press the "Enter" key. This opens the "Internet Options" panel on your screen.

  • Click the "Security" tab and click the "Custom Level" button. This opens a "Security Settings" dialog window.

  • Scroll down to "Download signed ActiveX controls."

  • Click "Prompt (recommended)" and then click the "OK" button. Click "Yes" on the confirmation dialog. This takes you back to the "Internet Options" panel. Click the "Apply" button to save and the "OK" button to close.

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