12 Replies Latest reply: Jul 22, 2015 12:06 PM by chris.campbell RSS

    ActiveX Filtering in Internet Explorer

    chris.campbell Adobe Employee

      If you have completed the steps in our Enabling Flash Player in Internet Explorer 9 FAQ and continue to have problems seeing Flash content, please see the following video and instructions to learn how to disable ActiveX Filtering.



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      Internet Explorer and ActiveX Filtering

      ActiveX Filtering is a feature introduced in Internet Explorer 9 which allows you to browse the Web without running any ActiveX controls.  Flash Player is an ActiveX control and when filtering is enabled Flash content will not be displayed on a webpage.


      When you visit a webpage that contains ActiveX controls, and filtering is enabled, IE will display a "circle with slash" icon (see screenshot below) in the address bar to indicate that controls have been filtered.


      ActiveX Filtering.jpg


      Flash content and video will not be displayed on the page until you have disabled ActiveX filtering.  Fortunately, you have a few options for enabling ActiveX content.



      Disable ActiveX Filtering for all websites


      1. Open Internet Explorer and click on the gears icon in the upper right corner of the window.
      2. Select the Safety Menu, and then uncheck the ActiveX Filtering menu item.


      ActiveX Filtering.jpg


      Alternately you can also access this via the Tools menu on the menu bar, then unchecking ActiveX Filtering.


      ActiveX Filtering.jpg



      Disable ActiveX Filtering for individual websites that you trust


      1. Navigate to a page with blocked content, noted with the circle with slash icon.
      2. Click the circle with slash icon
      3. Click the "Turn off ActiveX Filtering" button


      ActiveX Filtering.jpg