I have an application where user have the option to open all selected items in a new windows.

Unfortunately, if the user is running a fancy new-age browser that blocks pop-ups, he doesn’t realize his browser is stopping him from doing it.

By the way, it’s impossible to know if the user have turned it off (or on) the feature in his browser.

  • It may be impossible to detect if popup blocker is turned on/off but is it possible for you detect if your new windows opens or not? Maybe something like this How can I detect if a browser is blocking a popup? - Detect blocked popup in Chrome
    – DasBeasto
    Sep 3, 2015 at 14:48
  • Also are we assuming that the browser or adblocker isn't notifying the user of the blocked popup? Because I think most have that functionality included.
    – DasBeasto
    Sep 3, 2015 at 14:49
  • Do you need to use a window popup at all? Problems like this have led me to do notifications in a page based popup, like an absolutely positioned div element, or a jQueryUI dialog. These always work without running into popup blockers, those of today and ones that appear suddenly when a new browser version tightens the rules without warning. Apr 17, 2017 at 19:36

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You may want to notify your users that this is a potential issue with their built-in browser pop-up blockers. For instance, Gmail uses this error message after a new window has failed to open:

"Grrr! A popup blocker may be preventing the application from opening the page. If you have a popup blocker, try disabling it to open the window."

If you include a message like this, it would also be helpful to include a link to the preferences area of your app/site to disable the option to open selected items in new windows.

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