How to Disable a Pop-Up Blocker on a Mac

by Christine Kim, studioD

Although pop-up windows can often be irritating when you're surfing the Net, some add useful content on Web pages. All the major Mac browsers – Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome – allow you to disable pop-ups. For your convenience, this option can be toggled on and off.

Google Chrome

Open your Chrome application on the Dock. Click on "Chrome," then click "Preferences."

Click "Settings" on the menu, then click "Show Advanced Settings," which is on the bottom of the page. Scroll down and click "Privacy."

Click "Content Settings," then scroll down to the "Pop-ups" section. Click "Allow all sites to show pop-ups." Click "OK" to save changes.


Open your Safari application from the Dock.

Click the "Safari" menu.

Click "Block pop-up windows" to unlock it (if it is already checked off).

Mozilla Firefox

Open your Firefox application from your Dock. Click the "Firefox" menu, then click "Preferences."

Click "Content."

Click either "Block pop-up windows" or go to "Exceptions." From "Exceptions," Firefox allows you to choose to unblock pop-ups on specific Web pages while maintaining the pop-up block function on all other Web pages.

About the Author

Christine Kim has been a writer and editor since 2002, working with Columbia University, Harvard Business School and University of Alabama Press. She holds a Master of Arts in interdisciplinary studies and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.

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