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Detect popup blocker


How to check if the browser viewing this page is blocking popup windows


If you have a popup blocker enabled on your web browser, you will have just seen a Javascript alerting you to this.


This can be very useful on your own website, I use a popup window to view my shopping cart, but if a popup blocker is enabled on a users browser, then my potential customers have a very difficult time ordering on my website.

So, I either use the script above to read:

'You are using popup blocker software. This website needs to open a window to show you the shopping cart... please disable your popup blocker.'

Or, I check if they are using a popup blocker
, and then show them a direct link to click on which opens a window. This is more useful, as most popup blockers only block non-user activated poups, i.e. popups that happen without the user clicking a link. Also, it makes for a smoother experience as users don't have to turn their poup blocker on and off again just for your site (you will probably lose them, I wouldn't bother doing this for most websites).

'You are using popup blocker software. Please click here to your the shopping cart"

(the link is just a dummy, but you get the idea)


The Popup Code


You will need to copy and paste 2 bits of code.

Copy and paste this into your page before the </head> tag: 

Now, copy and paste this anywhere in the rest of your page: 


You can download this test page, test popup blocker.htm to see the script works on your website
(you will need to uncompress it from a ZIP file first)


Advanced use of the popup blocker detector


Here's a bit of code to give your users different options depending on whether or not they have a popup blocker enabled.

Now, copy and paste this anywhere in the rest of your page:

I hope you enjoyed this article / tutorial, I have many more on a wide range of website and internet topics.

Yari McGauley
Creator of Visitor Stats 2 - Topnotch website visitor tracking


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