Many websites ask the user to show their notifications when they visit. A request for this is generated in the form of a pop-up window in the upper left corner of the Chrome browser. I must say that such an element interferes with viewing content, distracts and annoys.
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If you’re using Chrome as your default web browser on your Mac or PC and you’re tired of keeping pop-ups closed all the time, you can change the notification request behavior for Chrome, or turn it off entirely. This will help block all such notification requests.
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How to block site notification requests in Chrome on Mac, Windows, Linux
Chrome for Mac, Linux, and Windows provides this ability to customize notification settings.
1. Open the Google Chrome browser.
2. Click on the three-dot settings button, and then select Settings → Privacy and security → Site settings and scroll down to item “Notifications”…
You can also access the notification settings panel in Chrome by navigating to the following URL in any current version of that browser:
chrome: // settings / content / notifications
3. You will be presented with three options for site notifications in Chrome:
- Sites can request permission to send notifications – this is the default option, which provides for the appearance of a pop-up window.
- Using quiet mode for notifications – sites cannot distract you with their requests for notifications, here everything happens more subtly and the request gets into the address bar.
- Prevent sites from sending notifications – functions that require notifications will not work. This setting disables the window altogether and avoids prompting for notifications, giving the user maximum peace of mind.
4. Select “Prevent sites from sending notifications”to block all requests completely, or select “Using Quiet Mode for Notifications”to make the query system less intrusive.
Perhaps, once disabling this setting in Chrome, you will notice that requests appear again after browser updates. The reason may be a change in the interface for managing notification settings or due to resetting all settings at some point in time.
This is how the default browser behavior looks like, with a pop-up window displaying interfering with browsing. And this happens on any site that wants to send you further notifications using Chrome.
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What does the Use Quiet Mode for Notifications feature look like in Chrome?
The silent messaging compromise seems to be the best for users who still want to receive site notifications in Chrome but don’t want a large popup to appear in the app. Instead, you can click on the notification request in the URL bar and decide whether to accept the request or block it.
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How does the “Prevent sites from sending notifications” option work?
This option is by far the quietest of all. It’s worth using it if you don’t like notification requests, as you will no longer receive annoying requests in Chrome anymore. And web browsing will be done without annoying pop-ups.
Of course, Chrome isn’t the only browser that allows individual websites to request notifications to be sent to you, and Safari does the same. If the requests in this browser are annoying too, you can turn off the requests for notifications from websites and in Safari for Mac.
As with any browser setting, you can always change it if your preferences change in the future.