How to manage sites allowed to serve pop-ups in Microsoft Edge

 

Microsoft Edge is the new browser that is a key part of Windows 10 which was released late last month.

While it is faster than many browsers on the market, right now it is not feature complete with updates including Browser Extension support arriving in the October timeframe.

One tool that is already built into Microsoft Edge is the ability to allow or block sites from serving pop-ups when you are browsing them.

The pop up blocker in Microsoft Edge is turned on by default after installing Windows 10.

In Microsoft Edge the prompt to allow or block a site from allowing those pop-ups appears at the bottom of the screen in a dialog box across the bottom of the Microsoft Edge window. You can choose to either allow the pop up just once or to always allow them from that site.

While the process of adding sites to the allowed popup list in Microsoft Edge is straight forward, unless of course the prompt disappears before you have a chance to respond, managing which sites are on that list requires a little extra effort once they are added.

In Internet Explorer 11 there is a dedicated settings panel under Internet Options just for dealing with the sites you allow to serve pop-ups or to add sites manually.

Hopefully, this type of tool will eventually be part of Microsoft Edge, but in the interim you can add and remove items from the Edge pop-up list by editing the system registry.

That brings us to our first caution – editing the registry is not for everyone and there is a risk of messing things up. So, if you are not familiar with the command REGEDT32 or even what the registry is, then this tip is not for you.

However, if you are comfortable with searching and making changes to the registry then you can forge ahead but do so at your own risk.

The allowed pop-ups sites list for Microsoft Edge are stored in the registry key located at:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\New Windows\Allow]

The allowed sites are stored as a Binary Value.

Follow the screenshots for a step by step guide to the process of adding and removing sites from the allowed list in Microsoft Edge.

 

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