How to Allow Pop-Ups on Your PC

Disable pop up blockers in Chrome and other top browsers

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What to Know

  • Chrome: Select the 3-dot menu > Settings > Advanced > Privacy and security > Site settings > Pop-ups and redirects. Toggle off Blocked.
  • Edge: Select 3-dot menu > Settings > Privacy & security. Scroll to Block pop-ups and toggle to off.
  • Opera: Menu > Go to browser settings > Advanced > Site Settings > Pop-ups and redirects.

This article explains how to allow pop-ups on your PC in Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Opera. It also includes information on why you might want to unblock pop-ups and how to test the blocking on your your computer.

How to Enable Pop-Ups in Chrome

Users typically want their browsers to block pop-ups, but there are times when pop-ups are necessary. When web-based forms try to open a dialog box that your browser views as a threat, the browser prevents it from getting to you. In cases like this, the only way to complete the task is to dig into the browser settings and disable pop-up blocking.

Here's how to enable pop-ups in the Chrome browser.

  1. Open Chrome and select the three vertically aligned dots in the upper right corner. Then select Settings.

    Chrome browser with the menu icon pressed and the menu with Settings highlighted
  2. Scroll down and select Advanced at the bottom. 

    Chrome settings with Advanced highlighted
  3. Select Privacy and security in the left panel followed by Site settings in the main window.

    The Privacy and security panel of Chrome settings with Site Settings highlighted
  4. Select Pop-ups and redirects in the Contents section.

    Pop-ups and redirects highlighted in Chrome settings
  5. Select the Blocked (recommended) toggle and switch it to “Allowed.”

    The slider next to Pop-ups and redirects

How to Enable Pop-Ups in Opera

Opera, being a fork of the same underlying browser that Chrome is, has a similar settings structure to Chrome.

  1. Select the menu icon at the top of the Opera browser.

    Opera browser with the menu icon highlighted
  2. Scroll down in the menu and select Go to browser settings.

    Opera browser with Go to browser settings option highlighted
  3. Scroll down and select Advanced at the bottom of the screen Settings screen.

    The Opera Setting screen with Advanced highlighted
  4. Select Site settings.

    Opera's Advanced Settings with Site Settings highlighted
  5. Scroll down and select Pop-ups and redirects.

    Opera browser with Pop-ups and redirects highlighted
  6. Select the Allowed toggle to turn it off.

    Opera browser with the toggle next to Allowed highlighted

How to Allow Pop-Ups in Microsoft Edge

The process of unblocking pop-ups is similar in Microsoft Edge.

  1. Select the three horizontal dots icon and choose Settings in the menu that opens.

    Edge browser showing menu icon and Settings highlighted in the menu
  2. Select Privacy & security

    Edge browser with Privacy & Security highlighted
  3. Scroll down and select the Block pop-ups toggle to disable it.

    Edge browser showing Block pop-ups slider

Why Allow Pop-Ups?

It might seem like there's no reason to ever want pop-ups, but there are definitely times when you need them to be active. Some websites surface their login dialog boxes using a pop-up. Others use pop-ups as components for web-based forms or survey pages, but often the form can’t be properly completed if these pop-ups aren’t allowed to emerge.

For all of these, allowing all pop-ups is the best way to ensure the correct pop-up dialog boxes appear so you can accomplish whatever you're there to do.

How to Test Pop-up Blocking

There are a number of websites dedicated purely to testing your browser’s handling of various kinds of pop-up dialog boxes.

Since we’re trying to ensure they do appear, you can use the simplest version of this test, which is to see if a small separate browser window with no address bar appears.

You can select any pop-up test website you prefer, but for the purposes of this walkthrough, we’ll use PopupTest's first test: "Multi-PopUp Test."

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