How to allow pop-ups on Firefox for specific websites, or turn off the pop-up blocker altogether

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How to allow pop-ups on Firefox for specific websites, or turn off the pop-up blocker altogether
It's possible to allow pop-ups on Firefox without disabling the pop-up blocker entirely. Evan Lorne/Shutterstock
  • You can allow pop-ups on Firefox for certain websites by navigating through your browser's Preferences menu.
  • Mozilla's Firefox browser comes pre-packaged with a very effective pop-up blocker, which can sometimes hinder certain websites from working correctly.
  • If you want to allow all pop-ups at once, you can also turn off Firefox's pop-up blocker altogether.
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Pop-ups are one of the most bothersome parts of the online world.

So, the fact that Mozilla's Firefox browser comes pre-packed with a pop-up blocker — no extensions necessary — is a great perk.

But, there are also times when you actually want to allow a pop-up to see the light of day.

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For instance, when watching sports online, videos are often presented on a smaller, pop-out window — a window that may get blocked by Firefox's overzealous pop-up blocker.

Fortunately, you can selectively let pop-ups sneak by on certain websites without disabling Firefox's otherwise advantageous pop-up blocking tool.

Here's how to allow pop-ups on Firefox for certain websites, using your Mac or PC.


How to allow pop-ups on Firefox

1. Open a new Firefox window or new tab by clicking the "+" sign next to an open tab or tabs on your Mac or PC.
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How to allow pop-ups on Firefox for specific websites, or turn off the pop-up blocker altogether
Open a new tab. Emma Witman/Business Insider


2. Click the gear icon in the top-right corner of the tab, which will direct you to your Preferences.

How to allow pop-ups on Firefox for specific websites, or turn off the pop-up blocker altogether
If you're a Mac user, you can also hold "command" + "," on your keyboard to access your Preferences in Firefox. Emma Witman/Business Insider

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3. Once you're in Preferences, click the three vertical lines in the top-left and select "Privacy & Security" from the options.

How to allow pop-ups on Firefox for specific websites, or turn off the pop-up blocker altogether
Firefox makes Preferences easily accessible in a new tab — you don't have to open a dropdown menu, although there is that option. Emma Witman/Business Insider


4. Scroll to the "Permissions" section, near the bottom of the page.
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5. By default, the "Block pop-up windows" box will be checked. Leave the box checked, but click "Exceptions…" You can also uncheck this box to turn off the pop-up blocker altogether.

How to allow pop-ups on Firefox for specific websites, or turn off the pop-up blocker altogether
The Permissions section also controls a lot of significant privacy features for browsing, like websites' access to your location, microphone, and camera. Emma Witman/Business Insider


6. Type in the address of the website that you want to allow pop-ups for, then click "Allow."
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How to allow pop-ups on Firefox for specific websites, or turn off the pop-up blocker altogether
I opted to add "WatchESPN.com," where often in the past I've thought a problem prevented my being able to watch a game — when actually the pop-out video window was being blocked. Emma Witman/Business Insider


7. Finally, click "Save Changes."

The website should immediately appear under "Website" with the status "Allow" in Firefox's "Allowed Websites - Pop-ups" window.
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How to allow pop-ups on Firefox for specific websites, or turn off the pop-up blocker altogether
One website added, several more to come, for the optimal Firefox experience. Emma Witman/Business Insider


If pop-ups from an exempted website become bothersome and you'd like to change your mind, you can always remove the website in the same Preferences page.

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