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Guide: Configuring Internet Explorer for CommonSpot Authoring

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MSIE Security Settings


These instructions are intended apply as written to Internet Explorer 7 or 8 on Windows 7, 8 or 10. The options that differ among those versions of IE can be left at their default settings, and are not listed here to be changed. If you encounter any discrepancies, please let us know.

Internet Explorer 9 does not work for CommonSpot authoring at this time.

Choosing these settings will significantly reduce the number of interruptions in your work with CommonSpot while you reassure Internet Explorer that it is OK to set a cookie, execute a script, or perform some other security-sensitive action.

  1. Click on the Tools menu, and select Internet Options (the last choice). (If you don't find the tools menu, try typing the "Alt" key one time, to activate the regular menu bar.)

  2. Open the Security tab.

  3. Click Trusted Sites.

  4. Click on Sites to open the Trusted Sites window.

  5. Uncheck the box next to "Require server verification (https:) for all sites in this zone" (this is located just below the large box marked "Websites:").

  6. Type the following URL's in the field below "Add this Web site to the zone", and click Add after each one is entered (if they are not already listed in the large "Websites:" box):

    • http://author.oit.ohio.edu

    • https://author.oit.ohio.edu

    • http://www.ohio.edu

    • https://www.ohio.edu

    • http://authortest.oit.ohio.edu

    • https://authortest.oit.ohio.edu

    • http://csrotest.oit.ohio.edu

    • https://csrotest.oit.ohio.edu

    The last four are needed for participation in future upgrade testing.

  7. Click Close on the trusted sites window.

  8. Click OK on the Internet Options window.

  9. Click on the Tools menu, and select Internet Options.

  10. Open the Security tab.

  11. Click Trusted Sites.

  12. If the Default Level button is active, click on it.

  13. If necessary, slide the slide down to the bottom, to set the security level to Low (the most trusting).

  14. Click OK to close the window.

  15. Click on the Tools menu, and select Internet Options.

  16. Open the Security tab.

  17. Click Trusted Sites.

  18. Click on the Custom Level... button.

  19. Scroll about an eighth of the way down and find the choice for "Allow scriptlets" in the "ActiveX controls and plug-ins" section and make sure that it is enabled for this zone. This will permit the table features to work in the Rich Text Editor.

  20. Scroll down to the "Miscellaneous" section (about halfway down). Find the option "Allow script-initiated windows without size or position constraints" and click, if necessary, to Enable this option.

  21. Find the option "Use Pop-up Blocker" (about 80% of the way down) and click, if necessary, to Disable this option.

  22. Click OK to accept the security settings and then click OK again to close the Internet Options window.


Refresh Settings


If repeated attempts to access the login page keep being redirected to the index page, or otherwise fail, the following changes should fix the problem:

  1. Click on the Tools menu, and select Internet Options.

  2. Open the General tab.

  3. Click the "Settings" button (in the "Browsing history" section).

  4. In the "Temporary Internet Files" section, in the part about checking for new versions of the page, be sure that the radio button next to "Every time I visit the webpage" is selected (the first option listed).

  5. Click OK for settings.

  6. Click OK again for options.

Once the problem is solve, you should probably go back in and select "Automatically" instead of "Every time," for more efficient operation.




Please be aware that over the years, some Microsoft "patches" (e.g., the MSIE 6 to MSIE 7 upgrade was an automatic high priority patch) have changed the defaults for security settings, or have added new security options that defaulted to settings, such that CommonSpot authoring was prevented, in whole or in part. If you encounter problems, please let us know.