How to open a pop-up window on Mac in Safari

Safari icon

While pop-ups have long been the bane of the web, some websites require the use of pop-ups for a variety of reasons. Safari for Mac automatically blocks pop-ups, but because some websites require the use of pop-ups, you may find yourself having to open a pop-up on your Mac.

Rather than enable pop-ups in Safari for Mac you can also open pop-ups individually.

How to open a blocked pop-up window in Safari for Mac

Safari automatically blocks pop-ups, but you can open them if you need to:

  1. When you encounter a website that tries to open a pop-up window that is automatically blocked, look in the address bar of Safari
  2. Click the tiny little overlay button on the far side of the URL bar in Safari, next to the “Show Blocked Popup” message
  3. How to open a blocked pop-up window on MacHow to open a blocked pop-up window on Mac

  4. This will individually open the popup that was blocked

There you have it, your popup is now open as you wanted.

Note that this will only open a specific pop-up window on a Mac. This doesn’t allow opening all popups on Mac, but if you want to do it, there is a Safari settings adjustment for this purpose allow all pop-ups on Mac.

While pop-ups have long been an annoyance to web users, the fact remains that many websites continue to use them for legitimate purposes, so understanding how this feature works in Safari for Mac is not only useful, but essential.