Pop-ups, ads, clickbait, overlays, notifications: There are a few different terms available to describe the design elements that websites use to communicate with you or encourage you to take an action (e.g., sign up for our newsletter). Regardless of what you call them, these notifications can be annoying, intrusive, and especially distracting.

Even worse, websites can send you notifications via Web Push. That means any site you visit can send you real-time notifications anytime your (supported) browser is open – even if you’re not on that website at the time.

Fortunately, you can turn off unwanted notifications. While you can take your time in dealing with the process of closing multiple pop-up notifications individually, you can also block all website notifications at once to start enjoying a more focused, and hopefully more productive, online work experience.

Here are instructions for changing those options for two popular supported browsers:

Firefox:

To block all new requests asking to allow notifications: click the menu button   and click Options.

Select the Privacy & Security panel and scroll to permission. Next to Notifications, Click Settings…

Check the box next to “Block new requests asking to allow notifications” and save changes.

This is also where you can block or allow specific sites to send notifications. Just remove the site(s) or change the status to block or allow.

For more information: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/push-notifications-firefox

 

Chrome:

To block all requests, click the menu button at top right

Go to settings

At the bottom, click Advanced

Under “Privacy and security,” click “Site Settings,” then Notifications.

Choose to block or allow notifications:

  • Block all: Turn off Ask before sending.
  • Block a site: Next to "Block," click Add. Enter the site and click Add.
  • Allow a site: Next to "Allow," click Add. Enter the site and click Add.

I hope you found these instructions helpful and that they improve your computing experience!

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