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Some websites ask if I want to install an Active X control. What is Active X?

Question: Some websites ask if I want to install an Active X control. What is Active X?

Answer: Active X is a Microsoft system developed for compound documents. That is, documents that contain words, spreadsheets, pictures, video, or audio. It is also known as Object linking and Embedding or OLE. It allows clipboard or drag and drop functionality between programs. With websites, it is used to embed multimedia into a website. Because of certain legal difficulties, Microsoft was forced to remove Active X as a native part of their browser. What this means for you is that, when using Internet Explorer, in order to activate certain multimedia files in websites, you must first install the Active X control to allow it.

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