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ActiveX ControlsActiveX controls, formerly known as OLE controls or OCX controls, are components (or objects) that you can insert into a Web page or other program so that you can reuse packaged functionality that someone else programmed. For example, the ActiveX controls that are included with Internet Explorer enable you to enhance your Web pages with sophisticated formatting features and animation.
A key advantage of ActiveX controls over Java programs and Netscape plug-ins is that ActiveX controls can also be used in programs written in many programming languages, including all of the Microsoft programming and database languages.
ActiveX DocumentsWhen you are browsing with an ActiveX-aware Web browser, such as Internet Explorer, ActiveX documents enable you to open a program with its own toolbars and menus available. This means you can open non-HTML files, such as Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word files, by using an ActiveX-aware Web browser.
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