Some web based applications require students to allow a type of code called javascript in order for the website to work correctly. One example of a site that requires javascript are the Pearson MyLab and Mastering products (MyMathLab, MyAccountingLab, MyBiologyLab, etc...). It's easy to allow javascript by following the steps below. Be sure to locate the correct instructions for the web browser you are using. 


Google Chrome
Mozilla Firefox
Apple Safari


Google Chrome

  1. Open Chrome and select the Chrome menu button Chrome menu button
  2. From the menu, select Settings.

Chrome Settings

  1. The Settings menu is displayed. Select the link Show advanced settings . . . at the bottom of the menu.

Chrome Show Advanced Settings

  1. When selected, the advanced settings menu is displayed. Select the Content settings . . . button under the Privacy heading.

Chrome Content Settings

  1. Under the JavaScript heading, select the radio button Allow all sites to run JavaScript (recommended).

Chrome Allow All Sites to Run JavaScript

  1. Select Done.

Chrome Done

  1. Close and reopen Chrome. You’re ready to go.



Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Firefox and select the Firefox menu button.

Firefox Menu

  1. From the Firefox menu, select Add-ons.

Firefox Add-ons

  1. The Add-ons manager is displayed. Select the Plugins tab at the left.

Firefox Plugins

  1. Select the Java Applet Plug-In on Mac, or Java Platform SE on Windows.

Firefox Java Applet Plug-in

  1. From the menu on the right, select or verify that the option Ask to Activate is selected. You can also select Always Active, though Ask to Activate is a safer choice.

Firefox Ask to Activate Java Plug-in

  1. Now close the tab and close Firefox.

Firefox Close Tab

  1. Open the Java control panel through System Preferences on a Mac, or through the Windows control panel, or by selecting the application Configure Java from Windows apps if you are using Windows. Select the Security tab. Check or verify Enable Java content in the browser is checked.

Firefox Java Control Panel

  1. Select Apply if the Enable Java check box is not selected.

Firefox Enable Java Apply

  1. Select OK. Reopen Firefox and you’re ready to go.

Firefox Java Control Panel OK



Apple Safari

  1. Open Safari. Select Safari from the menu bar, and then select Preferences.
Safari Preferences
  1. From the pop-up window displayed, select the Security tab.
Safari Security Tab
  1. Check or verify that Enable JavaScript is checked.
Safari Enable Javascript
  1. Check or verify Allow Plug-ins is checked.
Safari Allow Plugins
  1. Now select the button labelled Plug-in Settings . . .
Safari Plug-in Settings
  1. Select Java in the left column. Check or verify that the Java plug-in is checked. This allows the plug-in to run.
Firefox Check Java Plug-in
  1. Set the menu to the right of "Currently Open Websites" to Ask. Then set the menu to the right of "When visiting other websites:" to Ask too. Ask is a safer choice than On. This step tells Safari to ask you before letting the Java plug-in run on any website that requires it.
Firefox Ask Java Plug-in
  1. Select Done.
Safari Permissions Done
  1. Close Safari Preferences. Now close Safari.
  2. Open the Java control panel through System Preferences. Select the Security tab. Check or verify Enable Java content in the browser is checked.
Safari Java Control Panel
  1. Select Apply if the Enable Java check box is not selected.
Safari Java Control Panel Apply
  1. Select OK. Close the Java control panel, reopen Safari and you’re ready to go.
Safari Java Control Panel OK