Blocking pop-up windows
Usually Internet browsers already have the pop-up blocker enabled by default. The next step-by-step shows you how to enable or disable the option to block pop-up windows in your browser.
You can also manage pop-ups by defining exceptions, either exceptions to block or to unblock particular web pages.
Open your Google Chrome browser, and once opened:
- Click on the button to access the menu, represented by three horizontal lines, located at the far right of the browser’s address bar (shown in the illustration).
- Selects the Settings menu option, which is located almost to the bottom of the menu (shown in the illustration). This will take you to the browser settings page.
On the browser settings page, scroll to the bottom of the page, where you’ll find a link to show advanced settings. Click on this link. This will cause you to be shown more configuration options.
Once the advanced configuration options are displayed, scroll down until you locate the Privacy section. In this section, locate the Content settings button and click it. This will take you to a window where you can edit the content options.
In the edit content options window, scroll down to find the pop-up section.
If you want to prevent the pages (any page) on which you navigate from displaying pop-up windows, select the option to prevent pop-up windows from displaying (selected by default in a new browser installation), or if you want to allow it, select the corresponding option.
If you click the Manage exceptions button, you can add URLs or URL patterns (such as [*.]about.com to, for example, allow about.com pop-ups).
These particular patterns or pages, you can specify both to allow and to block pop-ups. For example, if for some unexplained reason a website that you visit doesn’t stop opening pop-ups, you can add that particular page to the exception list and indicate that you want all pop-ups on that page to be blocked.
Blocking pop-up windows
To test and verify that your browser is correctly blocking pop-up windows, you can use the website http://popuptest.com/popuptest1.html, which performs a series of tests, of which you must not see a single pop-up window for it to be considered a successful test.
Google Chrome tells you that a pop-up window has been blocked by a small icon at the far right of the web address bar (shown in the illustration).
If you click this icon, you can see pop-ups that have been blocked on the page, and you can click directly on one that you want to be displayed to you specifically.
From this screen, you are also given the option to define an exception for the page you are visiting, or to go directly to the pop-up management window.