How to Allow Pop-Ups on Your PC

Disable pop up blockers on Chrome and other top browsers

Internet Explorer browser displaying the PopupTest website.

Users typically want their browsers to block pop-ups, but there are times when pop-ups are strictly necessary. Sometimes, web-based forms will try to open a dialog box that your browser will view as a threat and kill off before it gets to you. In cases like this, the only way to complete the task at hand is to dig into the settings and disable pop-up blocking. Here's how to allow pop-ups on Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Microsoft Edge.

If you use the Firefox browser, you can disable your pop-up blocker there, too.

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."

How to Enable Pop-Ups in Chrome

  1. Select the three vertical dots in the upper-right, then select Settings.

    Chrome web browser with the menu icon pressed and the menu displayed.
  2. Select Advanced

    Chrome web browser with the Settings tab open.
  3. Select Site settings > Pop-ups and redirects.

    Chrome web browser with the Advanced settings dropdown menu opened.
  4. Select the Blocked (recommended) toggle and it should switch to “Allowed.”

How to Enable Pop-Ups in Opera

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

  1. Select the hamburger menu in the upper-right corner.

    Opera web browser with the slide-out menu opened on the right-hand side.
  2. Scroll down and select Go to browser settings.

    Opera web browser with the slide-out menu on the right-hand side opened.
  3. Scroll down and select Advanced, then select Site settings.

    Opera web browser with the Settings tab opened.
  4. Scroll down and select Pop-ups and redirects.

    Opera Settings page with the Advanced drop-down expansion opened.
  5. Select the Allowed toggle to turn it off.

    Opera browser Privacy and security page of the Settings page.

How to Allow Pop-Ups in Microsoft Edge

  1. Select the three horizontal dots icon > Settings.

    Edge browser with the gear icon settings menu opened.
  2. Select Privacy & security

    Edge browser Settings right-hand slide-out menu opened.
  3. Scroll down and select the Block pop-ups toggle to disable it.

    Edge browser with the Privacy & security page of the Settings menu opened.

How to Allow Pop-Ups on Internet Explorer

  1. Select Settings cog in the upper-right corner.

  2. Select Internet options.

    Internet Explorer browser with the Internet Options floating dialog box open.
  3. Select the Privacy tab, then select Turn on Pop-up Blocker to uncheck it and disable it. 

    Internet Explorer browser with the Internet Options floating dialog box opened.