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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

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I’m sure most of you have run into this little predicament before, but just in case you haven’t or if you’re not sure what to do when it does happen, this tip should help. If a Web site you’re trying to look at has some sort of flash animation included with it, you might receive a pop up message that says something like “Click to activate and use this control.”

This usually only happens on sites that have videos, etc. that you’re trying to view. If a site uses any of the following programs, you will more than likely receive that message: Adobe Flash Player (this is the most common one), Authorware Player, Shockwave Player, Adobe Reader, Sun Java, Apple QuickTime, RealNetworks RealPlayer and a few other ActiveX controls. The active content that is embedded within the HTML pages on certain Web sites will not do anything until you click the page with your mouse. Clicking it then activates the content and it is able to continue the download.

This issue started awhile back with an update for Internet Explorer 6. It was expected for most Web page developers who were a part of this problem to redo their sites so the users wouldn’t have to click every time just to see certain pages. Unfortunately, not all developers have done that, so you may still run into this every once in awhile. When you do, just click once like it tells you to and you will be able to see the content. It’s a little annoying, but it’s not a huge problem. It’s just a good idea to at least be aware of it in case you ever come across it in the future!

~ Erin

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