Browsers: How do I enable Java?

Enable Java to ensure you can view content in your online classroom and other University of Maryland University College online services. 

Chrome browser versions 42 and above. Starting with Chrome version 42 (released April 2015), Chrome has disabled the standard way in which browsers support plugins.  Click here for more details.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Click Tools and then Internet Options.
  2. Select the Security tab, and select the Custom Level button.
  3. Scroll down to Scripting of Java applets.
  4. Make sure the Enable radio button is checked.
  5. Click OK to save your preference.


  1. Open the Firefox browser or restart it if it is already running.
  2. From the Firefox menu, select Tools, then click the Add-ons option.
  3. In the Add-ons Manager window, select Plugins.
  4. Click Java (TM) Platform plugin (Windows) or Java Applet Plug-in (Mac OS X).
  5. Check that the option selected is Ask to Activate or Always Activate . (On older Firefox versions, click on the Enable button (if the button says Disable, Java is already enabled).

Firefox 3.5 and higher:

  1. Click Tools and select Options.
  2. Click the Content button along the top of the Options window.
  3. Check the box to Enable Java and Enable Javascript.
  4. Click OK.


  1. Click on Safari and select Preferences.
  2. Choose the Security option.
  3. Select Allow Plug-ins, then click on Manage Website Settings.
  4. Click on the Java item, select an option (Ask, Allow or Allow Always) from the pulldown list When visiting other websites.
  5. Click Done, then close the Safari Preferences window.

Safari (Mac OS X):

  1. From the drop-down menu, select Preferences.
  2. Select the Security Lock icon/tab at the top of the window.
  3. Check the Enable JavaScript checkbox under the Web content category.
  4. Close the dialog box to save your changes.
  5. Refresh your browser.

Note: You may have to wait a few seconds while the Java configurations are read before they begin to work on your Mac.