IE6 won’t display active content

January 4, 2008


You get a warning in Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) like: “Displaying of active contents, which can access the computer, has been limited because of safety reasons…”, but you *know* that the content is safe—maybe because you created it yourself—yet you can’t view it.


Change your IE6 options:

  1. In IE6, go to Tools > Internet Options.
  2. Select the Advanced tab.
  3. Go to the Security section.
  4. Select the Allow active content from CDs to run on My Computer check box.
  5. Select the Allow active content to run in files on My Computer check box.
  6. Click OK to save your changes.

You should only need to do this once.

Update for IE7: You do the same as above, but you’ll have to restart your computer before the changes take effect.


  1. The first 3 boxes in Tools/internet Options/Advanced…Security are missing. They include all the “Allow active content” check boxes.

  2. I’m not sure what’s happening here — do you have administrator privileges on your computer? I see these options in IE6 and IE7, but then, I have admin privileges on my own computer. Have you checked the Microsoft site for anything about this issue?

  3. Something else may have happened too. Check out this article from Microsoft Help MVP, Rob Chandler: http://weblog.helpware.net/?p=135

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