Managing pop-up windows on your computer

Watch a short tutorial video
on how to allow pop-ups on a specific website


What you will find on this page:

  • The short tutorial video above demonstrate a fast way of allowing pop-ups from a website in various browsers.
  • The instructions below will walk you through how to change your browser's settings so that pop-ups are always accepted from specific websites.

When browsing the Web, pop-up windows are often simply advertisements, and they can be distracting and annoying. However, in Blackboard and Banner Self-Service, certain tools or forms require that new pop-up windows display to users.

In Banner Self-Service, pop-ups may interfere with printing information on certain forms.

In Blackboard, pop-up blocker settings and software may block a Blackboard test or quiz from opening--if the instructor has set it to open in a new window--so it's important to know how to manage pop-up blockers that may be enabled on your web browsers, custom toolbars, or other programs such as anti-virus software.

Although you can generally turn a pop-up blocker off, a safer option is to manage your popup blocker settings by adding Blackboard (and, if you're a Community College student, myCommNet) as a "trusted site" that will allow popups to display.  

  • To allow Blackboard popups enter the following:        * 
  • To allow popups from, enter:     * 

The screenshot below shows how this would be accomplished in FireFox (a browser we recommend for PCs or Macs):

If you're using a different browser, the steps might be different. Below are some links to websites that can help you manage your pop-up blockers on the most common web browsers, toolbars, and other applications. 

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