How To Block Popups In Google Chrome?
You might be having the problem when an irritating pop-up always coming into your way of doing work. This will not be good for your browsing experience. To manage popup windows under control, Chrome does its job pretty well. Chrome provides us with an inbuilt feature for blocking popup that can harm your PC.
Pop-ups can be of any type:
- It can be an advertisement.
- A survey, click popups and timed popups.
- CSS overlay popup inside the page that is triggered on events like moving the cursor to menu bar or after certain time.
- A malware also.
In this article let us check out different ways of blocking popups in Google Chrome. Note, push notifications are different than popups. You can get more details in a separate article on how to disable push notifications in Chrome.
How To Block Popups In Google Chrome?
Following are the ways to block popups in Chrome:
- Blocking popups with inbuilt feature of Google Chrome on all sites.
- Site specific settings for allowing or blocking popups.
- Using an extension to block all types popups including overlays.
1. Blocking Popups with Inbuilt Chrome Feature
By default, Chrome will block all popups that open in a new tab or new window. You can check the default settings by going to the URL ‘chrome://settings’ and click on the ‘Advanced’ option.
Go to ‘Privacy and security’ section and open ‘Content settings’, click and open it.
In Content setting’, you’ll see a lot of options there. You need to find ‘Popups’ and open it.
When you are inside popups sections, you’ll see ‘Blocked’ option. By default, this option is ‘off’. If this is ‘On’ turn it ‘Off’ and now, all the popups will be blocked.
When you open a site with full of popups, you’ll see at the top-right corner of the URL address bar that there is a small sign of indication that popups have been blocked.
2. Manage Popups for Specific Site
When Chrome blocks popup on a site, click on the ‘Pop-up blocked’ icon showing in the address bar. You’ll see the following options.
- Number of popups blocked from that site.
- Option for allowing pop-ups from that site.
- Continue blocking all the popups.
- Additional options for managing pop-ups.
Chrome by default choose ‘Continue blocking pop-ups’ option as explained in the above section. So, if you don’t want Chrome to block popups on your current visiting site then choose ‘Always allow pop-up from the site….’ option.
You can manage the settings of blocking popups by clicking on the manage button, this will open up the ‘Popups’ panel. You can also reach out the popup section as explained in the above section or using direct command URL ‘chrome://settings/content/popups’. In this panel, you can enable or disable popups for specific sites.
For blocking popups, just add the site URL under ‘Block’ section. You can also provide exception from blocking by adding a site URL in the ‘Allow’ section.
3. Using ‘Pop up blocker for Chrome – Poper Blocker’ Extension
The default way of blocking popup has a limitation that Chrome does not block all type of popups like floating popups, overlay popups, drop-down window popups and sticky popups. So, in that case, we use Poper Blocker extension, to block any type of popups in Google Chrome. For installing this extension, go to Chrome Web Store extensions page. Type ‘Poper blocker’ in the search bar and hit enter.
Click on ‘Add to Chrome’ button and then, click on ‘Add Extension’ button to add the extension to your Google Chrome.
After adding, you will notice a small stop icon on the right side of the address bar. There will be a new tab opened from the website of the developer offering you to test the popups like below.
Check ‘Test Popup’ to test Poper Blocker extension blocks the regular popups that open in a new tab.
Now click on the ‘Test Overlay’ button. When the overlay popup appears, right click on it and choose ‘Remove Overlay’ option. Henceforth the extension will block overlay popups from that site.
You can click on the extension icon any time to see detailed statistics and customize the options.