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Internet/E-mail Troubleshooting – JavaScript

JavaScript Makes The Web Go Round

This weekend I received a call for help with an e-mail problem. The person was getting errors when trying to access their webmail (online e-mail, such as Hotmail, Gmail, and Yahoo! Mail). Which had them quite upset naturally, but was really no problem at all, and was quite easily fixed with a few clicks of the mouse.

My caller’s errors all referred to JavaScript – which is (short version) a programming language used extensively on the Internet; mostly to make Web pages dynamic and interactive with the viewer. Many websites rely on JavaScript to function, and Gmail and Hotmail do too.

My caller’s computer was saying that JavaScript was “not installed”, but in reality, all that had happened was it had been somehow inadvertently “disabled” (aka “turned off”), and needed to be switched on again.

Tip of the day: enable (or, re-enable) JavaScript in your Web browser.
1) Open Internet Explorer and in the upper right find the gray gear icon “Tools” menu. Click it, and then click on “Internet Options

2) Now a new window will open. Click on the “Security” tab (top), as shown below.
IESec_Opts

3) Click the “Custom level…” button.

4) Use the slider to scroll down the list of options until you come to “Active scripting“, as shown below.
IESec_Opts_Scrpt

5) Click on the “Enable” ‘radio’ button, and then click on OK, twice.

6) Close Internet Explorer and then re-launch (aka “Open”) it again.

Now JavaScript (should be) is enabled and functioning and you can surf the Web and access Webmail as you had before. Problem solved!

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October 5, 2009 - Posted by | advice, computers, e-mail, how to, IE 7, Internet, PC, software, tech, troubleshooting | , , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. TechPaul,

    Another GREAT “Tech-for Everyone” TIP! I too have assisted others with this same issue AND you are right on with this.

    Rick

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    Comment by Ramblinrick | October 5, 2009 | Reply

  2. thank for helpful info

    Like

    Comment by JCT | October 5, 2009 | Reply


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