It seems many websites now really, really want to keep you as informed and as up to date as possible by providing notifications in your web browser when something they think is important happens. As on mobile devices, all these websites seem to act as if they were the MOST IMPORTANT WEBSITE EVER, and if it were up to them, you’d be faced with a never-ending stream of notifications.
Fortunately, most browsers ask if you want a specific website to present notifications the first time you visit. Naturally, we almost always say “no”, and move on.
The problem? So many websites want to display notifications that even responding to these queries can quickly get annoying.
Fortunately, in most browsers you can turn if off.
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- There’s a simple setting buried in Google Chrome.
- There’s a simple setting buried in Firefox.
- Internet Explorer doesn’t need a setting change since it doesn’t support notifications.
- Edge supports notifications, but there doesn’t appear to be a way to turn them off.
Click on the triple-dot admin icon on the far right of the Google Chrome menu bar, and then click on Settings in the resulting menu.
On the resulting page, scroll to the bottom, click on Advanced (not shown), scroll down some more, and click on Content settings.
Click on the “hamburger” menu on the far right of the Firefox menu bar, and then click on Options.
On the left-hand side of the resulting page, click on Privacy and Security, then scroll down until you find Notifications, and click on the Settings button to its right.
In the resulting dialog box, make sure “Block new requests ” is checked, and click on Save.
Internet Explorer & Edge
From what I’ve been able to determine, Internet Explorer doesn’t appear to suffer from this issue because it doesn’t include support for push notifications. I’ve stumbled on an add-in or two that adds the functionality, but if you want to avoid these annoyances, just don’t install the add-in (or remove it).
Edge does support push notifications.
Unfortunately, Edge is also light on settings and customizations. I’ve not found a way to turn off notifications aside from declining each one, as shown above.