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Google Chrome does a great job at blocking pop-up windows out of the box, but sometimes it prevents them even if you’re expecting one from a trusted site. Here’s how you can take control and allow or block pop-ups in Chrome.

By default, Google Chrome disables pop-ups automatically in the browser; something easily overlooked because that’s how the internet should be presented. Not all pop-up windows are malicious or invasive. Some websites use them for legitimate reasons.

How to Allow Pop-Ups From a Specific Site

When Chrome blocks a pop-up from a website, it displays an icon with a red X in the corner of the Omnibox.

If you suspect this is an error and want to see pop-ups from this website, click on the icon to see site-specific options, select “Always Allow Pop-ups and Redirects” and then click “Done.”

After you click “Done,” refresh the page to save your choice and see any intended pop-ups on this website.

Alternatively, if you just want to see a pop-up one time, click the blue link in this window and you’ll be redirected to the pop-up that was initially blocked.

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How to Block Pop-ups from a Specific Site

Chrome does a great job at blocking a majority of pop-ups, but sometimes a pop-up squeaks through—or you accidentally click “Allow” instead of “Block”—and makes its way onto your screen. To explicitly block a website from showing pop-ups, you can add it to Chrome’s block list.

Click the menu icon, and then click on “Settings.” Alternatively, you can type chrome://settings/ into the Omnibox to go directly there.

Next, select “Security and Privacy” from the sidebar.

Select Security and Privacy from the sidebar

Locate the Security and Privacy section and choose the “Site Settings” option.

Scroll down in the list of settings and then click the “Pop-ups and Redirects” option.

For a website that you’ve accidentally added to the Allow list, you can promptly revoke its permissions to have Chrome start blocking its pop-ups again. Otherwise, you will have to add the problematic URL to the block list manually. We’ll take you through both cases below.

Under the Allow heading, find the problematic website, click More (three dots), then click “Block.”

This moves the URL from the Allow list to the Blocked list.

The website is now listed under the Block list

If the site isn’t listed under either heading, click the “Add” button to the right of the “Block” heading.

In the prompt that opens, type the URL of the website you want to block and then click “Add.”

Note: When providing the web address, if you want to block all pop-ups across the whole site, use the [*.] prefix to catch all subdomains from the website.

The web address and all of its subdomains are now under the “Block” list, and Chrome should handle any future pop-up requests from this site.

Popups from the website will now be blocked by Chrome

How to Allow All Pop-ups

Globally allowing pop-ups isn’t recommended, as they can be intrusive and annoying, but if for some reason you need to allow every site to display pop-ups, this is how you can bypass Chrome pop-up blocker. If you need to let a specific website to show them, you should add it to the “Allow” list mentioned in the method above first.

Open Chrome and head back to Settings > Site Settings > Pop-ups and Redirects, or type chrome://settings/content/popups into the Omnibox and hit Enter.

At the top, select “Sites can send pop-ups and use redirects.”

Select "Site can send pop-ups and use redirects"

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