How to Disable a Pop-Up Blocker on a Mac

By Steven Melendez

You can disable pop-up blockers in Chrome, Firefox and Safari. You can also disable or configure many ad-blocking extensions.

Modern Web browsers on a Mac, including Safari, Chrome and Firefox, automatically filter out pop-ups, but you can configure this aspect of the browser settings to allow all pop-ups or — in some cases — pop-ups from only certain sites. If you use third-party extensions to block ads, you can configure those similarly.

Allowing Pop-Ups in Safari

Configuring the Built-In Pop-Up Blocker

You can configure Safari in OS X Yosemite to allow pop-ups, which can be useful if a site you're visiting uses pop-ups to display useful content or ads that you want to see so the site earns more revenue.

Tip

If a link on a site appears to be broken, it can be worth temporarily allowing pop-ups and trying the link again to make sure the pop-up blocker isn't interfering with the link.

Step 1

Click the Safari menu and click the Preferences option.

Step 2

Click Security.

Click the Security tab.

Step 3

Safari Security Preferences

Uncheck the Block Pop-up Windows check box.

Configuring External Extensions

Configure or disable pop-up blocking and ad-filtering extensions — or extensions of other types — in Safari through the Extensions Preferences menu.

Step 1

Click Preferences in the Safari menu

Click on the Safari drop-down menu and choose Preferences.

Step 2

Click the Extensions tab

Click the Extensions tab.

Step 3

Click on an extension to configure it

Click on an extension's name to configure it.

Step 4

Extensions Preferences menu

Uncheck the Enable check box to disable an extension, click the Uninstall button to remove it from Safari, or click the configuration options check box to see more options. Some extensions let you limit their effects to certain websites or specify the types of ads they filter.

Allowing Pop-Ups in Firefox

Configuring Firefox's Pop-Up Blocker

In Mozilla Firefox, you can configure the pop-up blocker to allow all pop-ups or only pop-ups from specific sites.

Step 1

Click the Open Menu button

Click the Open Menu button.

Step 2

Click the Preference button.

Click the Preferences button.

Step 3

Click Content

Click Content.

Step 4

Content Preferences

To allow pop-up windows on all sites, uncheck the Block Pop-up Windows box. To allow them from only certain sites, leave the box checked and click Exceptions.

Step 5

Type a site's name and click Allow.

Within the Allowed Sites screen, type the name of a site from which you want to allow pop-ups and then click Allow.

Configuring Third-Party Plug-Ins

You can configure third-party ad-blocking plug-ins to allow ads from certain sites or disable them altogether.

Step 1

Click the Add-ons button in the Firefox menu.

Click the Open Menu button, and then click Add-ons.

Step 2

Click the Extensions tab.

Click the Extensions tab.

Step 3

Extensions Menu.

Click the Disable next to a particular extension to turn it off. Click Preferences to configure its options.

Allowing Pop-ups in Chrome

Configuring Chrome's Pop-Up Blocker

You can configure Google Chrome's built-in pop-up blocker to allow pop-ups from all sites or from only certain sites.

Step 1

Click the menu button, then click Settings.

Click Chrome's Menu button and then click Settings.

Step 2

Settings menu.

Click Show Advanced Settings in the Settings menu.

Step 3

Settings menu.

Click the Content Settings button.

Step 4

Content Settings menu

To allow pop-ups on all sites, click Allow All Sites to Show Pop-ups. To allow pop-ups from certain sites, click Manage Exceptions.

Step 5

Pop-up Exceptions menu

To allow pop-ups from a particular site, type its address into the text field. To allow pop-ups from any subdomain of a particular site, type [*.] before the domain name, as in http://[*.]example.com.

Configuring Chrome Extensions

Configure Chrome ad-blocking extensions through the extensions menu or through the toolbar menus.

Step 1

Click Extensions in the Window menu.

Click the Window menu in Chrome and choose Extensions.

Step 2

Extensions menu

Uncheck the Enabled box next to an extension to disable it.

Step 3

Extension icons

Some extensions ad a configuration button to the Chrome toolbar. Click an extension's toolbar icon to see additional options.