ActiveXObject Object (JavaScript)

Enables and returns a reference to an Automation object.

newObj = new ActiveXObject(servername.typename[, location])


Required. The variable name to which the ActiveXObject is assigned.


Required. The name of the application providing the object.


Required. The type or class of the object to create.


Optional. The name of the network server where the object is to be created.

Automation servers provide at least one type of object. For example, a word-processing application may provide an application object, a document object, and a toolbar object.

To create an Automation object, assign the new ActiveXObject to an object variable:

var ExcelApp = new ActiveXObject("Excel.Application");
var ExcelSheet = new ActiveXObject("Excel.Sheet");

This code starts the application creating the object (in this case, a Microsoft Excel worksheet). Once an object is created, you refer to it in code using the object variable you defined. In the following example, you access properties and methods of the new object using the object variable ExcelSheet and other Excel objects, including the Application object and the ActiveSheet.Cells collection.

// Make Excel visible through the Application object.
ExcelSheet.Application.Visible = true;
// Place some text in the first cell of the sheet.
ExcelSheet.ActiveSheet.Cells(1,1).Value = "This is column A, row 1";
// Save the sheet.
// Close Excel with the Quit method on the Application object.

Supported in the following document modes: Quirks, Internet Explorer 6 standards, Internet Explorer 7 standards, Internet Explorer 8 standards, Internet Explorer 9 standards. See Version Information.


Creating an ActiveXObject on a remote server is not supported in Internet Explorer 9 standards mode or later.

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