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How to block pop-ups in Microsoft Edge

How to block pop-ups in Microsoft Edge

There is really nothing more nervous than an intrusive pop-up when you are busy with certain activities on your PC. Notifications can also be quite nervous, but nothing is as irritating as a series of pop-up windows that keep popping up. This can really spoil browsing experience using Microsoft Edge. Be careful with such pop-up windows, as there are a large number of malware that can install instantly on your device. Here's how you can minimize pop-up notifications when you're using Microsoft Edge.

See also: How to activate the dark theme in Microsoft Edge

Personalization of device notifications

We previously mentioned that even notifications can be very irritating, especially if you have to focus on the task at hand. Before we move on to Edge and pop-up windows, let's see how to suppress notifications. Follow the steps below:

  • Access the Windows 10 settings available in the Start menu located in the lower left corner of the desktop interface. You can also access the settings by simply performing a quick search for "settings" in the search bar of the home screen.
  • Select the "notifications" or "actions" panel which will appear in a panel on the left side of the monitor.
  • This will automatically launch the main panel of the action center where the notification preferences are configured.
  • Click on the option for the 'system' parameters and in the resulting menu, click on the 'notifications' tab. It will also be in the left panel.
  • Notifications in this particular category are mainly based on the quick actions available in the action center. You can turn off notifications across the category for an uninterrupted experience.

Blocking context windows on Edge

The default browser will block most unsecured pop-up windows. It's pretty handy, however, a sizable amount will always find a way around this feature, as it selectively allows some useful context windows to override their firewalls. Let's see how to stop this.

  • Open the Microsoft Edge browser normally.
  • Find the Settings and more section of Edge in the upper right corner of the home page and click on it for more options. The Parameters and more button essentially consists of stacked points 3.
  • This button will display a list of options. Select the settings that will launch a separate page or modify the current page according to local settings.
  • Now click on Settings
  • At the very bottom of the list, you will find an option for "Advanced settings". Click this option for more details.
  • You will find an option specially designed to block windows in the advanced settings menu. Toggle the switch to enable this option.

Once done, the browser will enter a more intensive pop-up blocking mode which will rarely be violated by another window. The selection can be simply reversed. Repeat the above steps and deactivate the blocking function.

Pop-up warnings

It is easy to assume that contextual windows are only a nuisance when they are unjustified. However, they can be really useful depending on the activity of the user. Blocking them in Microsoft Edge can affect certain browser features, for example:

  • The PayPal login page usually appears as a pop-up window when shopping online at online stores. Limiting contextual windows will therefore deactivate this functionality and effectively prevent purchase. Of course, the blocking functionality can simply be disabled in such cases.
  • Pop-up windows can also be useful when the user prefers to open new page views while keeping the current view. The default setting is usually to load the selected page by replacing the current page. If a comparison is made, this feature will become just as boring and annoying.