Getting script message in IE

QUESTION: I have a particular web site that I use and when I do a query, I get a message that says “A script on this page is causing Internet Explorer to run slowly. If it continues to run, your computer may become unresponsive. Do you want to abort the script?” I always have to click “No” because I need to continue the query. Is there a way to make this message stop popping up? Thanks! – Jim K.

ANSWER: When a script on a web site takes an unusually long time to run, IE throws up the prompt to give you the choice to abort the operation. But if you keep getting this and you know that you’re going to want to continue running the script, you can change the script time-out value by editing the registry.

Here’s how:

  1. Open the registry editor and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Styles (Note: if the Styles value isn’t present, you’ll need to create it)
  2. With Styles selected in the left pane, in the right pane right click an empty space and select New | DWORD (32-bit) value.
  3. Name the new value MaxScriptStatements
  4. Double click the MaxScriptStatements value and in the value data field, set the value to 0xFFFFFFFF to avoid this message ever popping up. Not comfortable editing the registry yourself? Never fear – Microsoft has created an automatic “Fix It” for this problem. See:

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