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Blocking Pop-Up Windows

Pop-up and pop-under ads are separate windows that appear uninvited above or beneath your browser window. When you visit a web page and the taskbar starts sprouting new buttons, you have pop-unders. Kill this pestilence with IE’s Pop-Up Blocker, added in Service Pack 2 (finally). Pop-Up Blocker is on by default. You should need to turn it on only if someone has turned it off. You also can customize its settings to let certain pop-ups through. Pop-ups are useful in some circumstances, such as showing small help windows, seating diagrams for concert halls or airplanes, and larger versions of thumbnail images.

To block pop-up windows

  • Choose Tools > Pop-Up Blocker > Turn on Pop-Up Blocker.

    From now on, when IE blocks a pop-up, the Information bar appears with a “Pop-up blocked” message (Figure 13.14).

    Figure 13.14. The Information bar (new in SP2) appears near the top of the browser window to alert you when IE blocks a pop-up window or a download file that might not be safe.



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