How to Turn on JavaScript

With JavaScript on, you can access many of the features in your web browser. Turn on JavaScript and enrich your online surfing experience.

Because it has become a staple in most websites, you must know how to turn on JavaScript. Without it, you’ll be missing out on a lot of what the Net has to offer. Below are instructions for enabling this feature in some of the most popular Web browsers today.

For Netscape Navigator or Communicator

Setting this option is easy. Click the program icon to open it. Choose your profile. When the application loads, go to the Edit menu. Choose Preferences. On the left panel you’ll see several configuration options. Click the plus sign next to “Advanced”. Select “Scripts and Plugins”. Put a check mark next to “Enable JavaScript”. Click OK.

The same process is used to turn on JavaScript in Netscape for the Mac. Go to the Edit menu and select Preferences. Go to the “Advanced” tab on the left pane. Click the round button next to “Enable JavaScript”. When you get to the main screen, click “Reload” if necessary.

These procedures work for most versions of Netscape.

For Internet Explorer

Open the program from the Start Menu. Go to the Tools Menu and select Internet Options. Go to the “Security” tab and click it. You’ll see the “Custom Level”. Scroll through the many items until you get to “Scripting”. Enable it and click OK.

If you are a Mac user, do the following to turn on JavaScript. Go to the Edit menu and select Web Content. You’ll see the “Active Content” and next to it, “Enable Scripting”. Put a check mark there. Go back to the main screen. If necessary, click “Refresh”. The page with the script will now load properly.

For Apple Safari

Once you open the program, go to the Safari option in the menu. Select Preferences. Go to the “Security” option and check the “Enable JavaScript” mark. The script will now work without any problems.

For Mozilla Firefox 1.0 and 1.5

For version 1.0, head over to Options in the Tools menu. In Options choose Web Features and put a mark on the “Enable JavaScript” text. Click OK.

The process is different in version 1.5. Go to Tools and choose Options. Select Content and check the “Enable JavaScript” text. There is no need to refresh or restart for the turn on JavaScript option to take effect.

Tips and Warnings

Sometimes you get error messages whether the feature is on or not. Always download the patches for your web browser. If you’re upgrading the browser, check the readme.txt and help files. It might contain vital information.

Also, your online connection might play a part. If it’s choppy, loading the page will take a while. This could result in error messages popping up as well.

Some scripts can inflict damage on your browser. Don’t go to suspicious looking websites. In particular you should avoid sites with pirated software. Although most of these scripts are harmless, you should keep your antivirus software updated.

Learning to turn on JavaScript can make your web browsing easier and smoother. As long as you upgrade all your software, you’ll get to use the script without a hitch.