The Microsoft Edge feature that blocks pop-ups is effective in preventing websites from automatically opening a new window or tab, or a partial window on top of your current web page. This feature is turned on by default. 

There are many different types of pop-ups, including advertisements, notices, offers, or alerts that can appear at various times on any web page. Some can be helpful, such as when a bank website displays your monthly statement in a pop-up window. Pop-ups can also be distracting or malicious, engaging in phishing tactics such as warnings, prizes, or free downloads, to gain your trust in a potential scam.   

Note: If you are receiving unwanted website notifications, please see Manage website notifications in Microsoft Edge. Website notifications appear in the notification center, located in the lower right corner of your device.

How to block pop-ups in Microsoft Edge

  1. In Edge, go to Settings and more  at the top of your browser.

    An image showing the Settings and more menu in Microsoft Edge.                                   

  2. Select Settings  > Cookies and site permissions.

  3. Under All permissions, select Pop-ups and redirects.

  4. Turn on the Block (recommended) toggle.

When this feature is turned on and a pop-up has been blocked, Edge will display the following image in your web browser's address bar.   

        Pop-up blocked icon in the Microsoft Edge address bar.

What to do if you still see pop-ups

If you continue to receive pop-ups after turning this feature on, try the following solutions:

  • Make sure Edge is up to date: Select Settings and more  > Settings  > About Microsoft Edge . If there is an update available, you can apply it from here.

  • Scan your device for malware:For more, see Stay protected with Windows Security.

  • Disable your extensions: Check if an extension is interfering. Select Settings and more  > Extensions > Manage extension, then turn each extension off. If pop-ups are now being blocked, turn on extensions one at a time to determine which one is causing the issue.

  • Block third-party cookies:To do this, select Settings and more  > Settings  > Cookies and site permissions > Manage and delete cookies and site data, and turn on Block third-party cookies.

  • Clear your browser cache: For more, see View and delete browser history in Microsoft Edge.

What cannot be blocked by the pop-up blocker?  

If you still see pop-ups within a web page once this feature is turned on and you have tried the solutions listed above, they may be website advertisements created to look like pop-ups. Website advertisements cannot be blocked by the Edge pop-up blocker. Edge also does not prevent a pop-up from opening if you select a button or link on a web page. 

Note: This topic is for the new Microsoft Edge . Get help for the legacy version of Microsoft Edge.

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