Make them go away, even if they just want to be helpful.
It seems many websites 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 bug you with notifications that even responding to these queries quickly gets annoying.
Fortunately, in popular browsers you can turn it off.
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- In Google Chrome settings search for “notifications” and turn off “Sites can ask to send notifications”.
- In Firefox settings search for “notifications” and in the “Settings…” dialog, check “Block new requests asking to allow notifications”.
- In Edge settings search for “notifications”, click on “Notifications” in the result, and make sure “Ask before sending” is turned 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.
Microsoft Edge, being based on the same Chromium technology that Google Chrome is, has similar settings.
Click on the “three dots” ellipsis in the upper right of the browser, and then click on Settings in the dropdown menu.
In the resulting page click on Cookies and site permissions.
On the next page click on Notifications.
Finally, make sure that Ask before sending (recommended) is turned off.