How to configure your browser to allow pop-up windows

January 28, 2019 Jamie Swartz

Most browsers today include a feature that blocks pop-up windows. While this is great to eliminate videos that auto-play, ads and other bothersome pop-up windows, this feature can sometimes disrupt the function of applications like chat, help desk support or security options. 

If you haven’t configured your browser yet to allow for some pop-ups, here are some steps to help you stay connected to your favorite websites. Google Chrome has some of the strongest security measures and prevents pop-ups from automatically appearing and cluttering your screen. 

When the browser blocks pop-ups for a site, the icon appears in the address bar. Click on the icon to see all the pop-ups that have been blocked or to manage pop-up settings for your site.

 Google Chrome (Windows/OS X)

  1. Open Chrome.  At the top right, click Chrome menu on the toolbar.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings at the bottom.
  4. Under 'Privacy and security', click Content settings.
  5. Click Pop-ups and redirects. 
  6. At the top, add website to Allow and enter URL.
  7. Close any remaining dialog boxes.

Safari 5.x/6.x/7.x (OS X)
Safari for OS X doesn’t have a per-website control over blocking pop-ups windows like Chrome. Pop-ups are either blocked by Safari, or they are not. To allow pop-ups:

Safari 5.x

  1. From the Safari menu on your computer, make sure the Block pop-up windows option is unchecked. Unchecking this option will allow pop-ups.
  2. When you want to block pop-ups again, check Block pop-up windows in the Safari menu. If you love keyboard shortcuts like me, use: shift-[command key]-K.

Safari 6.x/7.x

  1. From the Safari menu on your computer, select "Preferences..." and then click on the Security tab.
  2. Make sure the Block pop-up windows option is unchecked. Unchecking this option will allow you to receive pop-ups.
  3. To once again block pop-ups, check the Block pop-up windows checkbox and you are done.

  Mozilla Firefox (Windows/OS X)

  1. Open up Firefox.
  2. In your right upper-hand corner, you will see a hamburger menu, Select "Options..." from the Tools menu (Windows) or "Preferences..." from the Firefox menu (OS X). The variable (OS X) or Options (Windows)dialog box will open up.
  3. In the top panel of the dialog box, click on the Content icon to display the Content dialog box or go to Privacy and Security tab on left side.
  4. In the Content dialog box or Permissions settings, ensure the Block pop-up windows checkbox is selected, then click the adjacent "Exceptions..." button. 
  5. Copy and paste into Address of website field, then click Allow.  Select Save changes at bottom. Now the selected webpage is added to your list of Allowed Sites. 

 Microsoft Internet Explorer 10/11 (Windows 7/8)

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. From the Tools menu, select Pop-up Blocker → Pop-up Blocker Settings. The Pop-up Blocker Settings dialog box opens.
  3. Copy and paste into Address of website to allow field.
  4. Click Add. The selected website is added to the list of Allowed sites.
  5. Click Close to close the Pop-up Blocker Settings dialog box.


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