Manage add-ons in Internet Explorer 9

Several add-ons come pre-installed in Internet Explorer, but many have to be downloaded from the Internet. Add-ons usually require that you give your permission before they're installed on your computer. However, some might be installed without your knowledge. This can happen if the add-on was part of another program that you installed.

To see installed add-ons

  1. In Internet Explorer, select the Tools button , and then select Manage add-ons.
  2. Under Add-on Types, select Toolbars and Extensions.
  3. Under Show, you can select one of the following views of your add-ons:

    • To display a complete list of the add-ons on your computer, select All add-ons.
    • To display only those add-ons that were needed for the current webpage or a recently viewed webpage, select Currently loaded add-ons.
    • To display add-ons that were preapproved by Microsoft, your computer manufacturer, or a service provider, select Run without permission.
  4. When you're finished, select Close.

To turn add-ons on or off

Add-ons can sometimes cause Internet Explorer to run slowly or crash. You can turn specific add-ons on or off if you want to or if you suspect they're causing problems.

  1. In Internet Explorer, select the Tools button , and then select Manage add-ons.
  2. Under Show, select All add-ons.
  3. Select an add-on, and then do one of the following:

    • To make an add-on available for use in the browser, select Enable.
    • To turn the add-on off so it can't be used in the browser, select Disable.
  4. Repeat step 4 for each add-on that you want to turn on or off. When you're finished, select Close.

To delete installed ActiveX controls

ActiveX controls are a specific type of add-on. You can only delete ActiveX controls that you've downloaded and installed. You can't delete ActiveX controls that were pre-installed, but you can turn them off.

  1. Open Internet Explorer, select the Tools button, and then select Manage add-ons.
  2. To display all ActiveX controls, under Show, select Downloaded controls.
  3. Select the ActiveX control you want to delete, and then select More information.
  4. In the More information dialog box, select Remove. You might be prompted to enter an administrator password or confirmation.
  5. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for every control you want to delete. When you're finished, select Close.


Article ID: 17439 - Last Review: Aug 31, 2016 - Revision: 14

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