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Managing pop-up windows

Block pop-up windows

Most modern browsers automatically block pop-up windows, which saves comptuer users a headache from closing annoying advertisements.  However, some pop-up windows may be necessary to complete tasks on the Internet.

Following are instructions on blocking and un-blocking pop-up windows in your browser.

Block in Internet Explorer 7

  1. Go to Tools > Internet Options
  2. Click the Privacy tab
  3. Check the "Turn on Pop-up Blocker" box, near the bottom of the configuration window
  4. To adjust the settings, click the Settings button and click the Close button when complete
  5. Click the OK button to close the Internet Options window

Block in Windows Firefox

  1. Go to Tools > Options
  2. Go to the Content tab (the globe)
  3. Check the "Block pop-up windows" check box
  4. Click the Close button

Block in Macintosh Firefox

  1. Go to the Firefox > Preferences menu
  2. Go to the Content tab (the globe)
  3. Check the "Block pop-up windows" check box
  4. Click the Close button

Block in Safari

Pop-ups cannot be blocked/unblocked per-site in Safari: pop-ups are either blocked or they are not.  To block pop-ups:

  1. Click the Safari menu
  2. Click the "Block Pop-Up Windows" option to check it


Block in other browsers

Please contact the Help Desk for further assistance.

Allow pop-up windows when you need them

Allow in Internet Explorer 7

  1. If Internet Explorer 7 blocks a pop-up window, a pale yellow information bar will appear at the top of the web page display area just under the address bar.  See the graphic below that shows the "Pop-up blocked.  To see this pop-up or additional options click here ..." messageIE7 pop-up information bar
  2. Left-click the pale yellow information bar to display a menu of options, shown in the following graphicIE7 pop-up menu
  3. To allow pop-ups until the next time you visit a web site, select "Temporarily Allow Pop-ups."  If you frequently visit a web site, "Always Allow Pop-ups from This Site..." may be recommended; choose this only for sites you trust
  4. You may need to click the Refresh button or re-click a link to view the pop-up window that Internet Explorer previously blocked

Allow in Firefox

  1. If Firefox blocks a pop-up window, a pale yellow bar will appear at the top of the web page display area just under the address bar.  See the graphic below that shows the "Firefox prevented this site from opening a popup window" message
    Firefox pop-up information bar
  2. Click the Preferences button to display a menu of options, shown in the following graphic
    Firefox pop-up menu
  3. To display the current pop-up only, select "Show http:// [URL]... ."  If you frequently visit a web site, "Allow popups for [URL]" may be recommended; choose this only for sites you trust
  4. You may need to click the Refresh button or re-click a link to view the pop-up window that Firefox previously blocked

Allow in Safari

Safari does not provide any audial or visual message indicating that a pop-up window was blocked.  Also, pop-ups cannot be blocked/unblocked per-site in Safari: pop-ups are either blocked or they are not.  To allow pop-ups:

  1. Click the Safari menu
  2. Click the "Block Pop-Up Windows" option to un-check it

Allow in other pop-up blockers

Please contact the Help Desk for assistance.


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Last Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014 11:11:04 AM