Notifications

You just start viewing a blog or a news site and you automatically get pestered with a notification box for something you could care less about. It’s an inevitable annoyance that happens at least once a day, if not more. Good news, instead of just admitting defeat, you can stop these notifications from appearing.

Find your browser below and follow the directions to stop the pestering.

Google Chrome

Click the Menu icon in Chrome in the upper right-hand corner (the three vertical dots) and then hit the Settings option. Next, scroll all the way down to the bottom of your Settings page and open the Advanced section, which will give you more Chrome modifications. In the Privacy and Security section, select the Content Settings tab.

Google Chrome

In Content Settings, find the Notification settings. This setting, allows you to see which sites are currently allowed to send notifications. By disabling notifications, you will no longer receive a notification box when you visit a site. To turn off notifications, toggle the “Ask before sending” setting to off (this will turn to “ask before sending” to blocked”). Presto, notifications will no longer bother you in Chrome!

Microsoft Edge

Unfortunately, in Microsoft Edge, you can’t disable notifications from the browser itself, but you can at remove sites that you’ve already given access to your notification service. In the top right-hand corner, click the menu icon (the three dots) and then select Settings. Scroll down to Advanced Settings option and select Website permissions. In this area, you can now toggle on or off permissions for sites, including notifications.

Microsoft EdgeBy disabling notifications entirely means that you must edit your system settings, specifically what permissions Microsoft Edge has for popping up unannounced. Hit the Start menu and select the Settings icon. Once you select System, then “Notifications & actions” where you can now control which apps will appear in your action center. Simply scroll to Microsoft Edge and toggle it off.

Microsoft Edge

Mozilla Firefox

There are two options for notifications in Firefox. The first is to evaluate the sites that already have notification permissions. If desired you can remove these permissions in your security settings. In the upper right hand of the browser, click the menu icon (the three lines) and select Options. Then select the Privacy & Security option and scroll to the Permissions section. Here you can select the Notifications Settings icon. In this section, you can now revoke notification permissions from individual sites or all sites at once.

FirefoxIf you would like to disable notifications entirely from your browser there is a different set of steps that must be followed. This requires a small modification to Firefox’s configuration page. In the browser address bar, enter “about.config” and the search for “dom.webnotifications.enabled”. Next, Right-click the entry and select Toggle to set its value to “false”. This will now prevent notifications from ever appearing again.

FirefoxSafari

Turning off notifications in Safari one of the simpler processes. In your Mac’s menu bar, select Safari and then Preferences. Next, click on the Notifications tab and then deselect the “Allow websites to ask for permission to send push notifications” box. Notifications will now be gone.

Safari

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