Frequently Asked Questions About The Internet Explorer Pop-Up Blocker


Frequently Asked Questions About The Internet Explorer Pop-Up Blocker

Many advertisers on the Internet use pop-up windows to display their message in a way that is hard to miss. Internet Explorer allows you to prevent most pop-up windows from appearing over pages you want to view while you are using the Internet.

What is a pop-up window?

Pop-up windows are small Web browser windows that are frequently used for advertising. They often open as soon as you navigate to a Web site, whether you want to see them or not. They might open when you click a link or button on a Web site, and they might open either over or under the window you wish to view.

Some pop-ups that you open by clicking a link or button are helpful. For example, if you click an image to see a larger version, it might open in a pop-up window. Or if you are buying concert tickets online, you might click a link to see a seating diagram that opens in a pop-up window.

How do I set Internet Explorer to block pop-ups?

1. Pop-up Blocker is on by default. You should only need to turn it on if someone has turned it off.

2. On the Tools menu, point to Pop-up Blocker.

3. Click Turn on Pop-up Blocker.

Can I still see a pop-up that Internet Explorer blocked?

Yes. Follow the steps below (the Information Bar has to be visible to do this):

1. In Internet Explorer, underneath the Address Bar, click the Information Bar when it notifies you that a pop-up window has been blocked.

2. Click Show Blocked Pop-up. Internet Explorer might block multiple pop-ups at one time. If this happens, click Pop-up Blocked and then click Show Blocked Pop-up.

In some cases, the Web site might display a different pop-up than the one that was blocked, or not show a pop-up at all.

How do I see pop-ups from a specific Web site?

The default settings for the pop-up blocker allow you to see pop-ups that are opened when you click a link or button on a Web site. There might be some Web sites that you visit on a regular basis, and you want to see the pop-ups displayed by those sites. Just follow the steps below:

1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. On the Tools menu, point to Pop-up Blocker, and then click Pop-up Blocker Settings.

3. In the Address of Web site to allow box, type the address (or URL) of the Web site you want to see pop-ups from, and then click Add.

I turned on the pop-up blocker but I still see some pop-ups. Why?

There could be several reasons for this.

1. You could have software on your computer that is launching pop-ups. To stop these pop-ups, you will have to identify the software, then remove it or change its settings to stop it from launching pop-ups.

2. Some windows with animated content are not blocked.

3. Internet Explorer will not block pop-ups from Web sites that are in two Web content zones: Local intranet or Trusted sites.

Steps to remove a site from Web content zones that allow pop-ups.

1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.

3. Click the Security tab.

4. Click the Web content zone you want to block pop-ups from, and then click Sites.

5. If you are removing a Web site from the Local intranet zone, click Advanced, and then go to step

6. In the Web sites box, click the Web site you want to block pop-up windows from, and then click Remove.

7. Internet Explorer will not block pop-ups that have been added to the list of sites you allow pop-ups from.

Steps to change which sites are allowed to show pop-ups.

1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. On the Tools menu, point to Pop-up Blocker, and click Pop-up Blocker Settings.

3. In the Address of Web site to allow box, click the Web site you want to remove from the list, and then click Remove.

I don't want to see pop-ups, even if they are launched when I click a link or button on a Web site. Can I set Internet Explorer to block those also?

Yes. Follow the steps below:

1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. On the Tools menu, point to Pop-up Blocker, and then click Pop-up Blocker Settings.

3. Select the High setting in the box near the bottom of the dialog box.

4. If you want to see pop-ups that are blocked when you have this setting turned on, hold down the CTRL key while the window opens.

How do I change the Pop-up Blocker settings?

1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. On the Tools menu, point to Pop-up Blocker, and then click Pop-up Blocker Settings.


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