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How do I enable and view the Java Console?


This article applies to:
  • Platform(s): Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000
  • Java version(s): 6.0

The Java Console provides information about the Java version, user home directory, and any error message that occurs while running an applet or application. You can enable the Java Console for the Windows platform using the Java Control Panel or the Java icon displayed in the Windows system tray.

Enabling the Java Console through the Java Control Panel

Find the Java Control Panel

Windows 8
Use search to find the Control Panel
  • Press Windows logo key + W to open the Search charm to search settings
    OR
    Drag the Mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner of the screen, then click on the Search icon.
  • In the search box enter Java Control Panel
  • Click on Java icon to open the Java Control Panel.
Windows 7, Vista
  • Click on the Start button and then click on the Control Panel option.
  • In the Control Panel Search enter Java Control Panel.
  • Click on the Java icon to open the Java Control Panel.
Windows XP
  • Click on the Start button and then click on the Control Panel option.
  • Double click on the Java icon to open the Java Control Panel.


Mac OS X 10.7.3 and above

  • Click on Apple icon on upper left of screen.
  • Go to System Preferences
  • Click on the Java icon to access the Java Control Panel.

    Java Control Panel


Enable the Java Console in the Java Control Panel

  1. In the Java Control Panel, click the Advanced tab.
  2. Expand the Java console option.
  3. Select Show Console and click OK.

    Show console

Enabling the Java Console through the Java icon in the Windows system tray

  1. Locate Java icon from the System tray on lower right hand side of screen.
  2. Right click on Java icon
  3. Select Open Console.

    Show console

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