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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

How to Import and Export Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker Settings

By default, Windows 7 Internet Explorer displays pop-ups that appear as a result of you clicking a link or button. Pop-up Blocker, when turned on, blocks pop-ups that are displayed automatically (without you clicking a link or button).

This article will show you how to import and export all of your personal Pop-up Blocker settings in Internet Explorer in Windows 7 and Vista.

It can be handy to backup your Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker settings by exporting them to a REG file so that you can use it to easily import your settings back, say after a clean install of Windows 7 or after resetting Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker Settings

To Export Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker Settings
1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press Enter.
2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes (Windows 7) or Continue (Vista).

3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\New Window

4. In the left pane, right click on New Window and click on Export. (see screenshot above)

5. Navigate to your Desktop, then type in a name (ex: IE_Pop_up_Blocker_Settings) for this REG file and click on the Save button.

6. Now move this exported REG file to where you like to keep it at as a backup of all of your personal Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker settings.


To Import Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker Settings

1. Double click on the exported REG file (ex: IE_Pop_up_Blocker_Settings.reg) that was exported from OPTION ONE above.

2. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (Windows 7) or Continue (Vista), Yes, and OK.

3. If open, close and reopen all instances of Internet Explorer to apply.

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