Our website opens new windows to display content. This allows
new information to appear without replacing the existing
information on the page. Because online advertisers also use popup
windows to display advertisements, tools known as popup blockers
are available that block them. These tools can block useful popup
windows along with advertisements, which prevents some online
resources from working correctly.
Most commonly, this type of conflict will present itself when
nothing appears to happen when logging into an online tool or when
clicking a button on a website. This occurs because the popup
blocker prevents the new window from appearing.
Note: Holding the Ctrl key when clicking a link or
button will temporarily disable most popup blockers.
How do I know if I have a popup blocker
Online resources are available to check if popup blockers are
installed on your computer. One such resource is available by
navigating to http://www.ualr.edu/scholars/files/detect_pop-up.html.
When this page opens, the text "A popup killer is detected" will
appear if the popup window was blocked. If the popup window was not
blocked, the text "NO popup killer is detected" will appear, and
the popup window will open in the background.
What types of popup blockers are available?
The most common applications that provide popup blocking are search
toolbars, such as Google's, MSN's, and Yahoo's. Thes toolbars
appear at the top of the browser window. Recently, this capability
has also been added directly to Internet Explorer.
Can I still have popup windows appear when I need
Because many tools are available that block popup windows, there is
no single way to disable the blocking function and allow particular
popup windows to appear. A computer may also have multiple popup
blockers installed, each with a different method to temporarily
disable its blocking. Holding the Ctrl key when clicking a
link or button will temporarily disable most popup
blockers. If popup windows are still blocked, the popup
blockers must be disabled manually. Most popup blockers appear as
toolbars at the top of the browser window. Look for buttons on
these toolbars for changing settings or options, or buttons that
refer to popup blocking, to disable the popup-blocking