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Block or allow pop-ups in Chrome

By default, Google Chrome blocks pop-ups from automatically showing up on your screen. When a pop-up is blocked, the address bar will be marked Pop-ups blocked Pop-ups blocked. You can also decide to allow pop-ups.

If you still get pop-ups after disabling them, then you could have malware. Find out how to get rid of malware.

Turn pop-ups on or off

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top-right, click More More.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  5. Under "Privacy," click Content settings.
  6. Under "Pop-ups," select an option:
    • Do not allow any site to show pop-ups (recommended)
    • Allow all sites to show pop-ups

Block or allow pop-ups for a specific site

Not all pop-ups are ads or spam. Some legitimate websites display web content in pop-up windows.

Allow pop-ups from a site
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. Find a page that has pop-ups blocked for you.
  3. In the address bar, click Pop-ups blocked Pop-ups blocked.
  4. Click the link for the pop-up window that you'd like to see.
  5. To always see pop-ups for the site, select Always show pop-ups from [site] and then Done.
Block pop-ups from a site
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top-right, click More More.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  5. Under "Privacy", click Content settings.
  6. Under "Pop-ups", click Manage exceptions.
  7. If you see the site listed, point to the site. To the right, click Delete Delete.
  8. At the bottom, click Done.

If the site isn't listed, you can enter the site's web address at the bottom of the list. To capture all pop-ups across the site, use the pattern [*.]example.com. Select Block for the behaviour.

Problems with pop-ups

Still seeing unwanted pop-ups? If the pop-ups haven't stopped, try running the Chrome Cleanup Tool (Windows only). Then, read other options for finding and removing malware from your computer.

Using a Chrome device at work or school? Your network administrator might set up the pop-up blocker for you, in which case you can't change this setting yourself. Find out about using a managed Chrome device.

Find out how to control specific ways a website can act when you're using Chrome.

Megan is a Google Chrome expert and the author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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