Javascript Help

What does Javascript do?

JavaScript enhances web pages and adds extra features which are not possible in normal HTML.

If you 'enable' JavaScript in your browser, web designers can use additional tricks to resize the page or add extra functionality.

For example drop down menus, buttons to make navigating websites easier and changing the cursor when you roll over an icon are all tricks done by JavaScript.

Many web pages, including some on Own It, need you to switch on (or 'enable') JavaScript. To find out how to enable JavaScript, please see the instructions below.

Please check with a parent or guardian before changing any settings on your computer.

Internet Explorer for Windows:

  1. Go to the 'Tools' menu in IE and choose 'Internet Options'.
  2. Next click the 'Security' tab.
  3. Make sure the 'Internet Zone' is highlighted and press the 'Custom Level' button to open the security options.
  4. Look for the entry near the bottom of the list which says 'Scripting', then 'Active Scripting' and make sure it is enabled.
  5. Press 'OK' to close the panels. Now reload the page which needs JavaScript.

Safari for Mac:

  1. In Safari, go to the Safari menu and choose 'Preferences'.
  2. Click the 'Security' tab.
  3. You can check or uncheck both JavaScript here.


Firefox users should go to the 'Tools' menu and select 'Options'.

Next click 'Web Features'. Check 'Enable JavaScript' in the main panel and press 'OK'.


  1. Select Customize and control Google Chrome ( the 3 stacked horizontal lines) at the top right of the screen.
  2. From the drop-down menu, select Settings
  3. At the bottom of the page, click Show advanced settings
  4. Under Privacy, select the Content Settings button
  5. Finally, under the JavaScript heading, select the Allow all sites to run Javascript button.