How to Disable the Pop Up Blocker in Internet Explorer 11

Internet Explorer has some built-in tools to protect your privacy and try to keep you safe on the Internet. One of these tools is a pop up blocker. Some sites use pop-ups in a malicious way to try and sneak dangerous content on to your computer. By blocking these pop-ups, Internet Explorer is able to make your browsing experience a little safer.

Since the majority of pop-ups are harmful, most browsers will block them by default. But you may occasionally encounter a Web page that is trying to use pop-ups to give you information that you need. Unfortunately these pop-ups are also blocked, so you will need to turn off the pop-up blocker if you need to see that pop-up window. Our tutorial below will show you where to find the pop-up blocker setting so that you can see the pop-up window that would otherwise be blocked.

How to Turn Off Pop-Up Blocker in Microsoft Internet Explorer 11

The steps in this article are going to show you how to disable the pop-up blocker in Internet Explorer. It is typically turned on by default, meaning that any website that tries to display a pop-up will have that pop-up blocked. Following these steps will let pop-ups come through for every site that you visit until you choose the re-enable the pop-up blocker.

Step 1: Open Internet Explorer.

Step 2: Select the Tools icon at the top-right of the screen. It’s the button that looks like a gear.

open the internet explorer 11 tools menu

Step 3: Choose Internet Options on this menu.

internet options window

Step 4: Click the Privacy tab at the top of the window.

how to turn off the pop up blocker in internet explorer 11

Step 5: Click the box to the left of Turn On Pop-Up Blocker to remove the check mark, click Apply, then click OK.

how to allow pop ups in internet explorer 11

If you are on a page where you are trying to view a pop-up window, you may need to click the Refresh button, or press F5 on your keyboard to refresh the page and make the pop-up window display.

Turn Off Pop-Up Blocker in Internet Explorer 11 – Additional Info

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer’s pop-up blocker is turned on by default for a very good reason. Some malicious websites can open a very large number of dangerous pages via pop-up if that behavior is allowed. If you don’t want to block pop-up windows for a short period of time or while you are visiting a particular website, it’s usually a very good idea to turn it back on when you’re done.
  • The Microsoft Internet Explorer browser isn’t the only one that can block pop-ups. Most other popular Web browsers, like Apple’s Safari browser, Mozilla’s Firefox, the Microsoft Edge browser, and Google’s Chrome all have ways for you to block pop-ups. And this isn’t restricted to desktop browsers. Mobile browsers typically have this feature as well, as do browsers for Mac computers.
  • The Tools menu on the Internet Explorer drop-down menu, or the Internet Options menu in newer versions of Internet Explorer, has additional options besides its pop-up blocking ability. For example you can adjust your content settings to decide how much to use AutoComplete, or you can select the Security tab and specify your browser’s security level.
  • Aside from clicking or unclicking the check box to enable or disable the pop-up blocker you can also click the Settings button and choose the blocking level for pop-up windows. The Low, Medium and High options provide you with some versatility on how aggressively you want to block pop-up windows.

Most other Web browsers also give you the ability to control whether or not pop-ups are displayed. Find out how to allow pop-ups in Microsoft Edge, for example, if you have a Windows 10 computer and need to visit a site where you must access information that is located on a pop-up window.

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