How to allow pop-ups in Firefox

How to allow pop-ups in Firefox

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Websites often use pop-ups to present forms, downloadable documents, announcements, and more. In this article, I’ll show you how to allow pop-ups in Firefox. I’ll also show you how to block them if necessary.

If your browser is not set to allow pop-ups, you may not be able to take full advantage of a website’s content.

One example would be if you fill out a form, the website may offer you a printable version of the information you entered into that form. If the browser does not allow pop-ups, you may not be able to see and print that information.

How to allow pop-ups in Firefox

You’ll find the pop-up setting in the Privacy and Security section of Firefox’s settings on the same page where you clear cookies and the browser cache.

Open Settings in Firefox for Macs

In Firefox for Macs, use one of the following methods to open the Settings page.

  1. Go to the Firefox menu, then Preferences
  2. Click the Menu icon at the far right end of the toolbar. From that menu, select Settings.
FireFox menu in MacOS
Firefox menu > Preferences takes you to Firefox settings on Mac computers.

Open Settings in Firefox for Windows

In Firefox for Windows, use the Menu icon at the far right end of the toolbar. Choose Settings.

Firefox menu icon - Mac and Windows
The menu icon in Firefox for Windows and Macs

Allow all pop-ups in Firefox

Click the Privacy and Security link in the left menu.

privacy & security menu - Firefox
Choose Privacy & Security from the left column menu.

Scroll down the page to the Permissions section.

The pop-up control is near the bottom of that section and is labeled Block pop-up windows.

To allow pop-ups on all websites, leave the box beside the label unchecked.

firefox - block pop-up windows not checked allows all pop-ups
If Block pop-up windows is unchecked, pop-up windows will not be blocked in Firefox.

Allow pop-ups on specific sites in Firefox

To allow pop-ups on specific websites, but block them on others, check the box beside Block pop-up windows.

firefox - check box for block pop-up windows and exceptions button
Block pop-up windows must be checked to enter exceptions in Firefox.

When the box is checked, you will notice a button labeled Exceptions becomes available. (The button is there but can’t be clicked until the box on the left end of that line is checked.)

  • Click the Exceptions button.
  • In the first box of the Exceptions panel, either type in the full website address or copy it from the website and paste it into the box.
  • Just below the box where you typed in the website address, click the Allow button.
Firefox allowed websites for pop-ups panel
The pop-up exceptions panel in Firefox. Websites listed here will display pop-ups. All others will be blocked.

If you later decide you want to block pop-ups on one website that you have added to the list, select the website name. Click the Remove website button below the list of website names.

To remove all websites from the Exceptions list so that pop-ups are blocked on all sites, click the Remove all websites button.

Be sure you leave the checkbox Privacy & Security > Permissions checked.

Should I block pop-ups on websites?

Pop-ups have legitimate uses on most reputable websites. They can pop-up reminders if you have given the site permission to do so.

As mentioned earlier, they can present information that you have requested (such as a printable copy of a form).

Pop-ups can be used to display appointment calendars where you choose a date to make an appointment.

The uses I mentioned are just a few of the legitimate ways a website might use pop-ups. In those cases, you will have to allow pop-ups on that specific website if you want to take advantage of those features.

I would advise a cautious approach to pop-ups in general. That is because unscrupulous websites can also use pop-ups for malevolent purposes.

Pop-ups are often used by such websites to trick visitors into taking an action that could cause dangerous or malicious software to be installed.

My advice is to block pop-ups in general. Then, use the instructions given above to allow them on a specific website that you know to be trustworthy, and you are instructed to unblock pop-ups.

Learn more about Firefox’s security settings.

About the author:

Tom Buford

About the author:

Tom Buford

Tom Buford - writer at thetechiesenior.com

Tom has enjoyed learning and using computer technology for more than 25 years. At several years north of 65, he finds writing about it and teaching it more enjoyable and interesting than ever. He has been happily married to his bride for more than 48 years and enjoys living with her and their adopted cats in rural Tennessee. Tom is also a published fiction and non-fiction author.

Tom Buford - writer at thetechiesenior.com

Tom has enjoyed learning and using computer technology for more than 25 years. At several years north of 65, he finds writing about it and teaching it more enjoyable and interesting than ever. He has been happily married to his bride for more than 48 years and enjoys living with her and their adopted cats in rural Tennessee. Tom is also a published fiction and non-fiction author.

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