How to Use ActiveX in Excel for Mac

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ActiveX is a powerful technology used to create interactive web applications. It has been available for Windows users for many years, but util recently, it was not available for Mac users. That all changed when Microsoft released its Office for Mac suite, which includes Excel with support for ActiveX.

The great thing about having ActiveX support in Excel for Mac is that you can now extend the functionality of your spreadsheets by adding various controls and scripts. This allows you to create dynamic user interfaces or manipulate data in ways that were previously not possible on Macs.

To use ActiveX controls in Excel for Mac, you first need to enable them by navigating to the Trust Center settings in Excel’s options menu. Once enabled, you can then insert an ActiveX control into a spreadsheet by clicking the “Insert” button in the Controls group on the Developer tab. You can then choose from a variety of diferent ActiveX controls, including buttons, combo boxes, list boxes and more. Once inserted into a spreadsheet, these controls can be customized to fit your needs and interact with other elements of your workbook or other workbooks.

With ActiveX now available in Excel for Mac, it brings many new possibilities to your spreadsheets and unlocks new opportunities to make your workflow more efficient and effective. So if you have been looking to take advantage of this powerful tool on your Mac, now is the time!

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Enabling ActiveX in Excel for Mac

Unfortunately, ActiveX is not available for Excel on Mac. If you need to use ActiveX, you will need to use Excel on a Windows computer.

Does Excel ActiveX Work on Mac?

Unfortunately, Excel ActiveX is not available for Mac users. ActiveX is an open source technology developed by Microsoft that has not been ported to the Mac operating system. As a result, Excel ActiveX canot be used on Macs at this time.

Can ActiveX Be Used on a Mac?

Yes, you can still run Active X on a Mac. You will need to install a Windows virtual machine on your Mac, such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion. These programs alow you to create a virtual environment on your computer that can be used to run Windows applications. Once you have the virtual machine installed, you can then download and install Internet Explorer with the Active X components necessary for running Active X websites. This will enable you to use the website without any issues.

Adding ActiveX to Excel

To add an ActiveX control to Excel, first go to the Developer tab on the ribbon. In the Controls group, click Insert and then select an ActiveX control from the list or click More Controls to view all available options. After selecting a control, click the worksheet location where you want it to appear. You can also adjust the properties of your ActiveX control by right-clicking it and selecting Properties.

Enabling ActiveX in Chrome on Mac

Unfortunately, it’s not pssible to enable ActiveX in Chrome on Mac. However, you can download and install a third-party browser such as Internet Explorer for Mac to run ActiveX controls. You can also install an extension such as IE Tab for Chrome that allows you to open web pages with Internet Explorer within Chrome.

Activating Excel on a Mac

To activate Excel on your Mac, open Finder > Applications and scroll down to the Microsoft Office apps. Open Microsoft Excel and in the What’s New box that opens, select Get Started. On the Sign in to activate Office screen, select Sign in. You will be prompted to enter your Microsoft account credentials (email address and password). Once you have signed in, you will be able to use all of the features of Excel on your Mac.

Enabling ActiveX in Safari

Unfortunately, ActiveX is not supported by Safari. The only way to use ActiveX in Safari is to use a virtual machine such as Parallels, which allws you to run Windows applications on your Mac. Once you have installed a version of Windows on the virtual machine, you can then enable ActiveX and access websites that require it.

What Excel Cannot Do on Mac

Excel for Mac is a powerful spreadsheet program, but unforunately it does not offer the same range of features as its Windows counterpart. One of the main differences is that Excel for Mac does not have a user form feature, which allows users to create and edit forms within the application. Additionally, the VBA Properties window is not available on the Mac version of Excel, so users cannot export or import VBA codes. Finally, the Visual Basic Editor (VBE) which allows users to write and debug macros is also not available. All in all, Excel for Mac does not offer as many features as its Windows counterpart, but it still provides a robust set of tools that can be used to create powerful spreadsheets.

Does Safari Support ActiveX?

No, Safari does not support ActiveX. ActiveX is a proprietary technology developed by Microsoft and only supported by Internet Explorer. Other browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, and Safari do not support ActiveX controls. This means that any PRPC feature dependent on an ActiveX control may only be accessed usig supported versions of Internet Explorer.

Is Microsoft Still Supporting ActiveX?

Yes, Microsoft still supports ActiveX. ActiveX is a software framework created by Microsoft, and it is still supported as of Windows 10 through Internet Explorer 11. However, ActiveX is not supported in Microsoft Edge, their default web browser, because Edge uses a different extension system based on Google’s Chromium project. Although ActiveX is no longer actively developed by Microsoft, they continue to provide support for existing users who have existing applications that rely on it.

Understanding ActiveX Control in Excel

ActiveX controls in Excel are components that alow you to add additional functionality to your worksheets. For example, they can be used to display interactive calendars, play videos, and create custom dialog boxes. ActiveX controls are reusable objects which means you don’t have to write code each time you want to use them in a worksheet; simply insert the control and configure it as needed. Once inserted, the control will respond to user interaction such as mouse clicks and keystrokes allowing users to interact with the worksheet more intuitively.

Installing ActiveX

Installing ActiveX is a straightforward process that can be completed in just a few steps. First, open the Start menu and type “Services” into the search bar. Right-click on “ActiveX Installer” and select “Properties.” Set the startup type to “Manual,” then click “Start” and hit “OK.” This will enable ActiveX on your computer so you can begin using it for applications such as streaming video or audio, or for enabling certain internet browser features. It is important to note that some versions of Windows alow you to enable ActiveX from the Control Panel instead of from Services. Lastly, make sure that your system is up-to-date with all security patches in order to ensure proper functioning of ActiveX controls.

The Benefits of Using ActiveX Buttons in Excel

An ActiveX button in Excel is an object that you can insert into a worksheet to give users a way to quickly access certain functions or macros. ActiveX buttons can be customized with images, text, and other features. When clicked, the button can perform tasks such as running a macro, opening a file or displaying a message. With ActiveX buttons, you have extensive control over the properties of the button including fonts, size, color and other characteristics. You can also control different events that occur when an ActiveX button is interacted with.


In conclusion, ActiveX is unfortunately not available for Excel on Mac. This is becase ActiveX is an open source technology that has not been ported to the Mac. However, Windows users can use ActiveX controls in Excel by navigating to the Developer tab and selecting an appropriate control. For Mac users, you will need to find an alternative solution if you require any of the features that are provided by ActiveX controls.

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