How do I enable iframes?

Last Update:  March 28, 2015

The iframe (inline frame) element allows web authors to insert a frame within a block of text.  You may need to configure your web browser to enable iframes in order to see such text.  Inserting an inline frame within a section of text is much like inserting an object via the OBJECT element:  they both allow you to insert an HTML document in the middle of another HTML document, they may both be aligned with surrounding text, etc.  Additionally, iframes are web page components that make it possible to display information without reloading an entire web page.  It also allows webmasters and web designers to embed content into their web sites that is delivered from another web server.  Perhaps the most popular example of this would be the ability to generate embed code for YouTube videos.  Click the Share icon beneath any YouTube video, then click the Embed tab.  The embed code uses the <iframe> tag:

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By adding the YouTube embed code to the HTML source of a web page, web authors can display that video in their own sites.  However, only users with iframes enabled would be able to see the video.  To enable iframes in Internet Explorer, please follow the instructions below:

1.  Open a new Internet Explorer window, pull down the Tools menu, and select Internet options:

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2.  The Internet options dialog will launch:

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3. Click the Security tab, select the Internet icon, and then click the Custom Level button:

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4. Scroll down to the Launching programs and files in an IFRAME section.  Click the Prompt (recommended) radio button if you want Internet Explorer to notify you when an IFRAME is encountered, or click the Enable (not secure) radio button to allow IFRAMES to load without any notification.

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5.  Save your edit and close all open dialogs by clicking the OK buttons.

Also see:

Working With Internet Explorer Security Settings:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/using/howto/security/settings.mspx

Setting Up Security Zones in Internet Explorer:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/using/howto/security/setup.mspx

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