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Enabling the Java Access Bridge for Windows

Date Published: Jul 16,2018


CategoryProduct:First Time Users,Help & FAQs; Version:Collaborate
Article No.: 000036928
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Enabling the Java Access Bridge

This article provides instructions for enabling the Java Access Bridge on Windows.

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The Java Access Bridge is automatically installed with the Java Runtime Environment 7u6 and later, however, it must be enabled manually. On Windows Vista and later, the Access Bridge may be enabled using the “Ease of Access Center” in the Control Panel. The Access Bridge may also be enabled via the command line in all versions of Windows.

Note: For Java versions earlier than 7u6, Java Access Bridge version 2.0.2 is required which must be installed manually. Visit Oracle's Java Access Bridge download page to acquire version 2.0.2 of the Access Bridge.


Enabling the Access Bridge from the Ease of Access Center

In Windows Vista and later, the Java Access Bridge may be enabled using the “Ease of Access Center” found in the Windows Control Panel. This will enable the Access Bridge for all versions of JRE 7u6 or later that are installed.

To enable the Access Bridge in Windows Vista through 8.1:

  1. Open the Ease of Access Center either by pressing the Windows key + U, or navigating to Start Menu > Control Panel > Ease of Access > Ease of Access Center.
  2. Click Use a computer without a display.
  3. Under the Other programs installed heading, select the option Enable Java Access Bridge.
  4. Click Apply to activate the option.

To enable the Access Bridge in Windows 10:

  1. Click in the search bar on the Windows 10 taskbar.
  2. Type "Control Panel" and hit Enter.
  3. Click Ease of Access Center.
  4. Click Make the computer easier to see.
  5. Under the Other programs installed heading, select the option Enable Java Access Bridge.
  6. Click Apply to activate the option.


Note: The Access Bridge will be enabled for the current user only. To enable for other login accounts, repeat the steps above for your version of Windows.

Enabling the Access Bridge from the Command Line

The Java Access Bridge can be enabled from the command line using the jabswitch utility.

  1. Navigate to the “bin” folder of the JRE for which the Access Bridge should be enabled. For most users, the path will be something similar to C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin for the 64-bit JRE.
  2. Type the following at the command prompt, followed by Enter: jabswitch –enable

This will enable the Access Bridge for the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) within the path. If multiple JVMs are installed, this command will need to be executed for each instance of the Access Bridge you want enabled. For example, if both 32- and 64-bit JREs are installed, then the Bridge will need to be enabled for both runtimes. To enable the 32-bit JRE, navigate to a path similar to C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre7\bin and execute the above command.

Note: The Access Bridge will be enabled for the current user only. To enable for other login accounts, repeat the above steps.

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