By default, most of the popular browsers block pop-up windows and tabs from appearing. This feature is intended to help you keep your screen less cluttered. There are cases, however, when you will want to enable pop-ups for a particular domain.

The Preview button in the Layouts editor is a good example. It allows you to see the changes you are making while designing your site.

Preview layout button in the Layouts editor
Preview layout button in the Layouts editor

When clicked, this button opens a new pop-up window with the front-end preview of the layout. However, pop-ups will not open if you do not specifically allow them for the domain you are working with, either locally or online.

This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to permanently enable pop-ups for a given domain in today’s most popular web browsers.

Chrome

1. When you click the Preview layout button, a Pop-up blocked message will appear on the right side of Chrome’s Address Bar. If you miss it before it goes away, you will see a small icon instead. Click on it.2. In the dialog box that appears, select the Always show pop-ups from http://YOUR-SITE-DOMAIN option.

 

Firefox

1. When you click the Preview layout button, a message bar will appear right under Firefox’s Address Bar. Click the Options button on the right side of the message bar.2. In the dialog box that appears, select the Allow pop-ups for YOUR-SITE-DOMAIN option.
 Firefox enable popups

Safari

Safari manages pop-ups a bit differently. While they are disabled by default, Safari will not display any warning when a pop-up is blocked. To enable pop-ups, you need to go to Safari’s Preferences page. Additionally, you can only enable or disable pop-ups globally and not on a per-site basis.

1. While in the browser, click on Safari -> Preferences.2. Click on the Security tab and de-select the Block pop-up windows option.
Safari PreferencesSafari enable popups

 

Edge

When you click the Preview layout button, a message bar will appear at the bottom of the browser window. Click the Always allow button.

Internet Explorer 12

When you click the Preview layout button, a message bar will appear at the bottom of the browser window. Click the Options for this site button and then the Always allow option.