This information applies to Windows Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 8.
Here are answers to some common questions about pop-ups and Pop-up Blocker.
A pop-up is a small web browser window that appears on top of the website you're viewing. Pop-up windows often open as soon as you visit a website and are usually created by advertisers.
Pop-up Blocker is a feature in Internet Explorer that lets you limit or block most pop-ups. You can choose the level of blocking you prefer, from blocking all pop-up windows to allowing the pop-ups that you want to see. When Pop-up Blocker is turned on, the Information bar displays a message saying "Pop-up blocked. To see this pop-up or additional options click here."
Pop-up Blocker is turned on in Internet Explorer by default. To turn it off or to turn it on again if you've already turned it off, follow these steps:
Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Internet Explorer.
Click the Tools button, and then click Pop-up Blocker.
Do one of the following:
To turn off Pop-up Blocker, click Turn Off Pop-up Blocker.
To turn on Pop-up Blocker, click Turn On Pop-up Blocker.
Yes. Follow these steps:
Navigate to a website with a pop-up, and then click the Information bar when it notifies you that a pop-up window has been blocked.
Click Show Blocked Pop-up.
You can allow a pop-up to be displayed by pressing CTRL+ALT as you click a link to open a website that has pop-ups.
By default, Internet Explorer displays pop-ups that appear as a result of you clicking a link or button. Pop-up Blocker blocks pop-ups that are displayed automatically (without you clicking a link or button). If you want to allow a specific website to display automatic pop-ups, follow these steps:
Click the Tools button, click Pop-up Blocker, and then click Pop-up Blocker Settings.
In the Address of website to allow box, type the address (or URL) of the website you want to see pop-ups from, and then click Add.
Repeat step 3 for every website you want to allow pop-ups from. When you are finished adding websites, click Close.
The following are some common reasons why you might still be seeing pop-ups:
You might have software, such as adware or spyware, on your computer that is opening pop-up windows. To stop these pop-ups, you will have to identify the software that is opening them and then remove it or change its settings to stop it from opening pop-up windows. For information about detecting and removing adware and spyware, see Spyware: frequently asked questions.
Some windows with active content are not blocked.
Internet Explorer will not block pop-ups from websites that are in the Local intranet zone. If you want the pop-ups from these websites to be blocked, you have to remove the websites from this zone. For more information, see Security zones: adding or removing websites.
In the Address of website to allow box, click the website you want to remove from the list, and then click Remove.
Repeat step 3 for every website you want to remove from the list of websites that can display pop-ups. When you are finished, click Close.
Under Filter level, select High: Block all pop-ups, and then click Close.
If you want to see pop-ups that are blocked when you have this setting turned on, hold down CTRL + ALT while the window opens.
To change the Pop-up Blocker settings, follow these steps:
Make the changes that you would like, and then click Close.
By default, pop-ups display in separate windows. If you prefer to have pop-ups display in tabs, follow these steps:
Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.
Click the General tab, and then, under the Tabs section, click Settings.
In the Tabbed Browsing Settings dialog box, click Always open pop-ups in new tab, and then click OK twice.