When we browser – bank accounts, bus schedules, product catalogs, maps – more and more sites are finding that pop-up windows are good for something besides ads. Many sites use pop-ups to provide more detail about a product or require users to open them to take full advantage of the data they make available. In some cases you need to turn off your browser’s pop-up blocker to get everything out of your Web experience. But sometimes disabling your blocker is easier said than done. Here’s a step-by-step on how to get this done in the Internet Explorer and Google Chrome browsers.
NOTE: We do not recommend permanently turning off your pop-up blocker. This can leave you vulnerable to any number of malicious programs. We recommend you only disable the blocker temporarily. You can also add a specific site to the “white list” of sites for which your browser will always allow pop-ups.
If your pop-up blocker is turned on (IE’s blocker is on by default) and you go to a site that has pop-ups, an information bar (red arrow) will appear at the top of your browser window telling you a pop-up has been blocked.
Clicking on the information bar will let you
- Temporarily allow pop-ups (from this site only),
- Always allow pop-ups from this site, or
- Adjust the pop-up blocker settings.
If you chose to temporarily allow pop-ups, that permission will expire when you close down your browser.
If you want to permanently disable the pop-up blocker in IE;
- Open Internet Explorer
- Select “Tools” from the main menu
- Select “Pop-up Blocker” from the Tools menu
- Select “Turn Off Pop-up Blocker” (red arrow)
Your pop-up blocker is now disabled. To turn it back on, follow the steps above and select “Turn On Pop-up Blocker” from the Pop-up Blocker menu.
If your pop-up blocker is turned on (Chrome also turns it on by default) and the site you are on tries to send a pop-up, an icon that looks like a browser bar with a red ‘x’ will appear in your address bar (red arrow).
Clicking on the icon will allow you to
- Always allow pop-ups from this site
- Continue blocking pop-ups, or
- Manage pop-up blocking
If you want to permanently disable pop-up blocking in Chrome:
- Open Google Chrome
- Select “Settings” from the Chrome menu
- Select the “Show advanced settings…” link at the bottom of that page
- Select “Content settings…” from the Privacy section
- Select “Allow all sites…” radio button from Pop-ups section
If your pop-up blocker is turned on (Safari is by default) and you go to a site that has pop-ups, there is no easy way to identify if a pop-up has indeed been blocked. Below are the steps you need to check and see if the pop-up blocker is enabled and disable if you choose.
- Open Safari.
- On the top left, select “Safari,” then select “Preferences” from the drop down menu.
- The preferences pane will open and select “Security” on the top row.
- Uncheck the “Block pop-up windows” box.