What are OCX Files?

I have problems with Flash player and i'm at my wits end.  I cannot view any Flash content.  All i get is rectangle and an image icon in the upper left corner.  I have tested the player and yet nothing happens.  What are ocx files?  What program etc, do i need to run to view these files correctly.  I think at one time I accidently changed something.  Help me out, please.
nettierobAsked:
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SuperMarioCommented:
OCX files are ActiveX controls, which are special controls (like buttons and forms, etc) embedded in a Web page. Flash animations are ActiveX controls.

What you need to do is this:

I'm assuming you're in IE. Go to Tools -> Internet Options. In the Security tab, select either Medium-Low or Low. Low enables all ActiveX content to run. Medium Low restricts unsigned activeX components from being downloaded.

Secondly, still in Internet Options, under the Advanced tab, scroll down to the Multimedia section. Make sure that almost all the buttons are checked, including "Play Animation, Play Sound, Show Images" etc.

IE 3 and up, I believe, will view ActiveX properly.
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nettierobAuthor Commented:
Thanks SuperMario.  I have already done what you wrote.  Now this is what i need to know:

Under folder options

File type details

extension:  OCX

content type(MIME):  ?

opens with:  ?
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nettierobAuthor Commented:
I am running W95 & IE5
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SuperMarioCommented:
Which folder's options?
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nettierobAuthor Commented:
When you go into My Computer, and go under View,down to folder options.....then you have: general, view and folder types...... Go to folder types and it will come up with a box depicting your folder options..  Does this help? Then look above to my second question.  Thanks much SM!
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SuperMarioCommented:
Hmm...
..OCX isn't even a registered file type on my machine. It shouldn't be.

Any .ocx files you have on your machine should not be operable offline. They are all used within programs or downloaded temp for use in web pages.

If you set anything up yourself in those Options, you should delete it.

I hope this helps =)
-dan
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nettierobAuthor Commented:
Hi Dan-
One of my problems is that when you double click on a file and then it asks you....OPEN WITH......and then asks you to come up with a program to open that file with.  This part of pc'ing has really got me confused.  Robin
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SuperMarioCommented:
Ah, so you're used to the Mac?

Okay. Some files display the Windows icon (no special icon to let you know it's being used by a program).

These files are usually used by other programs, but they are not document files. You should leave these be.

If you KNOW what application should open these files, you should choose it from the list it gives you. Otherwise, don't modify anything. =)

..ocx files should be displayed with the Windows icon, not with the IE browser icon or anything else. Just the litle white page with the windows logo.

Hope this helps,
D
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SuperMarioCommented:
And, additionally, if you want to re-install the Flash plugin to ensure you can view Flash content, go to my site. There is a link at the bottom to install it again.

http://www.catapultic.com

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nettierobAuthor Commented:
No Mac!! And i've already tried your site!!!!  no flash.  I can right click and it brings up the flash stuff but no picture..............i will try the Windows icon.  i'll stay online, i'll be back........robin
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nettierobAuthor Commented:
See that's my PROBLEM.  I don't understand which programs are right to open up certain files. I know it's hard to diagnose someone else's problem over the internet. I have a friend who is a microsoft tech.  I should probably get him over here to mess around on this thing!!!!!!!!!  Especially before i really botch this darn thing up.  And I've had this pc since Jan of 98 and have self taught myself everything, but now i want to do more and i am running into problems.
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SuperMarioCommented:
Yes, but some files don't need to be opened up by programs at all - they work silently, and you don't have to tie them to anything at all.

..OCX files are examples of those.

Files like .doc, .txt, etc need to have an associated program. .dll files and .lib etc don't need programs associated with them at all to run. Neither do .ocx's.
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