How to Temporarily Disable a Pop-Up Blocker

By Jen Anderson

Pop-up ads can be an annoying distraction while you surf the web. Web browsers come with pop-up blockers, which can prevent all pop-ups from displaying. But not all pop-ups are advertisements. Some sites use pop-up windows to display videos or games. Older versions of Internet Explorer let users temporarily disable the pop-up blocker to view web content on a specific web page. As of August 2010, web browsers do not have this functionality. Instead, they let users allow pop-ups on specific sites.

Internet Explorer 7 and 8

Step 1

Select "Tools" > "Pop-up Blocker" > "Pop-up Blocker Settings" from the Internet Explorer main menu.

Step 2

In the window that appears, type or paste the address of the website for which you want to disable the pop-up blocker.

Step 3

Click "Add" and then "Close."

Firefox 3.6.8

Step 1

Select "Firefox" > "Preferences" from the Firefox main menu. This displays the "Preferences" dialog box.

Step 2

Click on the "Content" icon.

Step 3

Click the "Exceptions" button next to the "Block pop-up windows" check box.

Step 4

Type the address of the website for which you want to disable the pop-up blocker. Click the "Allow" button, and close the "Preferences" dialog box.