All great technical innovations seem to bring along a downside. The graphical web browser brought a new world of information and interaction to your desktop. But it also brought those irritating, and sometimes destructive - pop-up ads. After living with them for a couple of years, browser developers added a feature that automatically prevents websites from opening windows that aren't the main browser window. Pop-up blockers allow you to control what happens as you travel the web and prevent sites from filling your desktop with pop-up windows you do not want or need. Now all modern browsers have pop-up blockers. And the cyber-world is a better, neater place for it.
As we use our browsers to interact with data - 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 offyour 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 malicous 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 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)
If your pop-up blocker is turned on (Chrome also turns it on by default) and the site your on trys 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
- 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 "Do not allow..." radio button from Pop-ups section