Content Blockers

Content blockers are generally a good thing. They stop those pesky ads from popping up, or invasive and malicious links from appearing on your screen. However, for remote learning, they can be a bit of a pain. Here’s how to deal with them.

⚠ Warning! ⚠

I have Googled solutions for this based on various devices. A common suggestion I have come across is “disable pop up blockers”. This is flat out a bad idea. In your browser, you should have the ability to set exceptions to the pop up blockers, so that only on particular websites the pop ups will not be blocked. You should never completely disable pop up blockers.

Google Chrome (Windows, Mac, Chromebook)

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. Go to a page where pop-ups are blocked.
  3. In the address bar, click Pop-up blocked Pop-up blocked . (1)
  4. Click the link for the pop-up you want to see.
  5. To always see pop-ups for the site, select Always allow pop-ups and redirects from [site] (2)
    1.  and then Done (3).

Safari (Mac)

To set exceptions to the built in pop up blocker on your Mac, here’s what you need to do:

Block or Allow Single Website

  • Visit the website you would like to block or allow.
  • Select Safari > Preferences.
  • Select on Websites (1) at the top of the window.
  • Select Pop-up Windows (2) on the left side.
  • The website should be listed where you can select one of the following in the drop-down menu (3):
    • Block and Notify
    • Block
    • Allow
  • When Safari is set to “Block and Notify”, you can allow pop-up windows right after they have been blocked by selecting the two boxes in the address bar.

If you have an older version of Safari, your only options are to turn on/off pop up blockers. I do not recommend this. Instead, I recommend installing a new browser to use instead. Some great options are Google Chrome or Firefox.

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