iOS 9’s content blocking features grabbed a lot of headlines, because everyone likes a completely clutter-free browsing experience. iOS is hardly the first OS to introduce this concept though. Internet Explorer used to block pop-ups in some form even in its very early stages. With Windows 10, Microsoft has aimed to offer a better browsing experience with the Edge browser. Edge pop-ups are blocked by default as well, but if you aren’t satisfied with the way this feature works, it is possible to improve its functionality. Edge pop-ups blocking list is saved by Windows outside of the browser settings, and there is a way you can modify it to your advantage.
Many Windows 10 tweaks require usage of the registry editor, and this method is one of them. The idea is pretty simple; you merely need to add or remove website addresses added by Edge to the block list. The registry values allow you to access the repository of these saved links.
Managing MS Edge Pop-ups Manually
- Go to the ‘Run’ command prompt on your system. This can be done by accessing it directly, or searching for Run using the Start menu’s search.
- Once in Run, type ‘Regedit’ and press enter. This will open the registry editor.
- The system is now ready to take you to the MS Edge pop-ups repository. Enter the following registry path;
Rather than entering the whole path as it is, users can also choose to go the more painstaking route of accessing the desired path one element and one sub-folder at a time.
- Within the MicrosoftEdge entry, look for a value labeled ‘New Window’.
- Under the ‘Allow’ field, all web addresses that can display pop-ups are present. To block a website’s pop-ups, simply right-click its entry and select the ‘Delete’ option.
- To add a new entry to the allowed list, right-click on the screen (not on any particular icon). Select the ‘New’ option, and from the resulting ‘Drop-down’ choose ‘Binary Value’.
- Rename the newly created ‘New value #1‘ entry to the URL of the website you want to add to the Edge pop-ups allowed list.
Once you quit registry editor, the changes should come into effect immediately. If a particular website’s pop-ups have been annoying you persistently, and you missed the initial offer by Edge to block them, this method can really prove to be a lifesaver.