How to Use the Opera Pop-Up Blocker

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The Opera browser comes with an integrated pop-up blocker, which prevents Web pages from opening new windows -- such as advertisements -- on top of or behind the current page. In addition to disabling or enabling the pop-up blocker by editing the browser's settings, Opera lets you create pop-up rules that apply to a specific website.

Enabling or Disabling the Pop-Up Blocker

Step 1

Open the Opera menu and select Settings.

Alternatively, open the Settings page by pressing Alt+P.
Alternatively, open the Settings page by pressing Alt+P. (Image: Image courtesy of Opera)

Step 2

Click Websites in the sidebar and scroll down to the Pop-Ups section. Select Allow all sites to show pop-ups to disable the pop-up blocker or Do not allow any site to show pop-ups to turn it off.

Opera.
Opera. (Image: Image courtesy of Opera)

Creating a Pop-Up Rule

While pop-ups are generally a nuisance, some websites display valuable information in pop-up windows, such as a login form or download instructions. Create a pop-up rule -- also known as an exception -- to either allow or disallow pop-ups on a specific site, regardless of whether you enabled the blocker.

Step 1

Open the Opera menu, select Settings and click Websites in the sidebar. Click the Manage Exceptions button under Pop-ups.

Clicking Manage Exceptions opens a pop-up frame.
Clicking Manage Exceptions opens a pop-up frame. (Image: Image courtesy of Opera)

Step 2

Enter the domain name of the website in the Hostname pattern field.

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Opera. (Image: Image courtesy of Opera)

Tip

Step 3

Select either Allow or Block from the Behavior drop-down menu and click Done to save the exception.

Opera lets you add multiple exceptions, each on their own line.
Opera lets you add multiple exceptions, each on their own line. (Image: Image courtesy of Opera)

Viewing Pop-Ups Blocked by Opera

If Opera blocked a pop-up window that contains important information, manually open that pop-up window by clicking the warning message the browser displays in the address bar.

Step 1

Click the Pop-Up Blocked box in the address bar to open a contextual menu.

Opera.
Opera. (Image: Image courtesy of Opera)

Warning

  • The Pop-Up Blocked warning box -- and therefore the ability to re-open a blocked pop-up -- goes away once you navigate to a new page.

Step 2

Select a blocked pop-up from the list to manually open that pop-up window.

Opera.
Opera. (Image: Image courtesy of Opera)

Tip

  • Clicking Always Allow Pop-Ups from in the contextual menu lets you add a new exception to Opera's pop-up blocker.

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