Enable/disable JavaScript in your browser

A short guide in making sure your Javascript is enabled for working through tutorials and developing websites.

OK, this might not be something that concerns the techies, but it is something that I’ll be referring back to in future posts to help with the flow of things.

Internet Explorer

  1. Click “Tools” (with the cog on it) at the top right of the browser
  2. Scroll down to “Internet Options”
  3. Click on the “Security” tab at the top of the window that pops up
  4. Press the “Custom Level…” button
  5. Scroll down the menu that appears to the “Scripting” section near the bottom and look for “Active Scripting” (the first option in that section)
  6. Make sure “Enable” is selected and “OK” your way out of all the windows. Similarly, select “Disable” if you want to disable Javascript
  7. If it asks if you are sure about changing settings, click the “Yes” button to confirm

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click “Tools” on the browser toolbar at the very top of the page
  2. Scroll down to “Options…”
  3. Click on the “Content” tab at the top of the window that pops up
  4. And make sure “Enable Javascript” has a tick inside the check box beside it. To disable, simply leave the box unchecked
  5. Press the “OK” button to save your settings

Opera

The quick way is to go to Tools > Quick Preferences > Enable Javascript and check/uncheck it from the menu at the top of the browser. Otherwise, you can do the following:

  1. Click “Tools” on the browser toolbar at the very top of the page
  2. Scroll down to “Preferences…”
  3. Click on the “Advanced” tab at the top of the window that pops up
  4. Select “Content” from the vertical menu along the left side of that panel
  5. And make sure “Enable Javascript” has a tick inside the check box beside it. To disable, simply leave the box unchecked
  6. Press the “OK” button to save your settings

Google Chrome

  1. Hover over the link or shortcut that opens Chrome such as in your “All Programs” list from the “Start” menu or the icon on your desktop
  2. Right-click on it and go to “Properties” on the list that pops up
  3. Make sure the “Shortcut” tab is selected and go to the end of the text in the “Target:” field
  4. Add ” -disable-javascript” to the end of the link inside the field. Note that there is a space before the quoted text and it has to be there in order for it to work
  5. So, the field should contain something like this: “C:\Documents and Settings\…\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” -disable-javascript
  6. Press the “OK” button and start or restart your Chrome browser
  7. To enable, just remove ” -disable-javascript” from the “Target:” field using the same method

Safari

  1. Click the cog on the top right of the browser window
  2. Scroll down to “Preferences…”
  3. Click on the “Security” tab at the top of the window that pops up
  4. Go to the option titled “Enable JavaScript” in the “Web Content” group
  5. To enable JavaScript, make sure that the checkbox is ticked, likewise make sure that it isn’t ticked to turn JavaScript off
  6. Close the Preferences window to exit and save changes

3 thoughts on “Enable/disable JavaScript in your browser

  1. @Joey
    Everything but Chrome only took a few minutes of looking through menus. A quick internet search found the answer for Google’s browser.

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