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ActiveX Filtering in Internet Explorer

Adobe Employee ,
Jun 21, 2011

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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.

Please click here for an HTML5 version of this video: YouTube HTML5 HD Link

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.

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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.

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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

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ActiveX Filtering in Internet Explorer

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Jun 21, 2011

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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.

Please click here for an HTML5 version of this video: YouTube HTML5 HD Link

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

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LEGEND ,
Jun 22, 2011

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Thanks Chris.

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Jul 22, 2011

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THANK YOU CHRIS!!!!  I have been beating my head against the wall for days trying to figure this Flash thing out.  I've gone through all the troubleshooting, read all the forum entries, just about ready to give up completely when I found this thread.  I did it - it worked - I'm now a happy camper (well, except for the bruised forehead.  Thanks again.

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New Here ,
Aug 12, 2011

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Thanks heaps Chris!!! I was beating my head as well on how to enable flash player in IE9. Thanks to your simple and illustrative guide, it was so easy to work it out. Thanks once again for this tremendous help.

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Aug 16, 2011

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Chris, I am still having the problem wuth IE9  that the video says I need to install Flash player, I download it and still  get the same statement that I need to download flashplayer.  I did ensure  ActiveXfiltering is off.  Expasperating....

Thanks,   Mike

Sorry just found out that the add-on was disabled  duh,,, enabled and its now working

Mike

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Aug 17, 2011

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Chris for President!  The Flash Player revision 10.3... shut down video capability overnight on my 1-year old expen$ive HP.  After preening various forums and considering suicide, I found Chris and he zeroed me in on 4 possibilities.  It was the !#$#! ActiveX Filtering.  Zip!  Back in business.  Chris is a credit to the fine company of Adobe Systems and a great help four those of us with deer-in-the-headlights syndrome.  Can't thank Chris enough!  

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