Note: This article does not apply to the AdBlock for Safari Mac app. It does not yet offer this feature.


This article tells you how to turn off (or on) the blocked ads counter on the AdBlock button in the browser toolbar.


If that isn't the answer you came looking for, these articles may be more helpful:

How do I install or uninstall AdBlock?

How to I tell AdBlock NOT to block ads? (Includes how to allow ads temporarily if a site doesn't work with AdBlock on)

A web page doesn't work or looks wrong with AdBlock on

A site is forcing me to turn off AdBlock before it will let me in

Seeing unblocked ads? Start here


If you're looking for help with other issues, please search or browse our Knowledge Base at help.getadblock.com.


Show or hide the number of ads blocked

  1. Click the AdBlock button in your browser toolbar and select Options.
  2. On the GENERAL tab, select or clear Show number of ads blocked on AdBlock button and/or Show number of ads blocked on AdBlock menu.

This is what those options do:

Both options off
Show number of ads blocked on AdBlock button
Show number of ads blocked on AdBlock menu





I had to reinstall AdBlock and my counter was reset to 0! Can I get my total back?

No. We store the total number of blocked ads in your browser's persistent storage. Persistent storage is deleted entirely when you uninstall an extension.

However, if you remember the total number (or can approximate it) and it's really important to you to know how many ads AdBlock has ever blocked for you, you can set AdBlock's counter to start at that number instead of 0 after a reinstall. Here's how.

In Chrome:
  1. Open the Chrome Extensions page (Chrome menu > More Tools > Extensions or open a new tab and enter chrome://extensions).
  2. Enable Developer Mode in the upper right corner of the page.
  3. Find AdBlock in the list of extensions.
  4. To the right of "Inspect views," click background page. The Chrome Developer Tools window opens.
  5. Select the Console tab.
  6. Enter the following command, where "x" is a valid integer: Prefs.blocked_total = x

In Microsoft Edge:
  1. Open Edge.
  2. Enter about:flags in the address bar.
  3. Under Developer settings, select Enable extension developer features.
  4. Restart Edge.
  5. Open the Edge Extension panel by clicking the More menu (...) and selecting Extensions.
  6. On the Edge Extension panel, click AdBlock.
  7. On the AdBlock extension panel next to Inspect:, click Background page. A new Edge window will open.
  8. Select the Console tab.
  9. Enter the following commands, where "x" is a valid integer:
    var key = "blockage_stats";
    var data = storage_get(key);
    data.total = x;
    storage_set(key, data);

In Opera:
  1. Open the Opera Extensions page (Opera menu > Extensions > Manage extensions or open a new tab and enter about:extensions).
  2. Enable Developer Mode in the upper right corner of the page.
  3. Find AdBlock in the list of extensions.
  4. To the right of "Inspect views," click background page. The Developer Tools window opens.
  5. Select the Console tab.
  6. Enter the following commands, where "x" is a valid integer:
    var key = "blockage_stats";
    var data = storage_get(key);
    data.total = x;
    storage_set(key, data);

Something is blocked but the AdBlock button shows nothing is blocked

When ad blockers can't prevent an ad or other page resources from being downloaded, they can use page styling rules to hide it. In Chrome and Opera, the button counter only shows resources that are blocked, not hidden. In Microsoft Edge and Firefox with AdBlock's advanced mode and debug message logging both enabled, then the counter will include hidden elements as well.


Why do we make this distinction? We try to balance information against performance. Counting hidden resources takes a lot of your computer's resources, which can significantly slow your browsing.


In Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, and Opera, you can see what AdBlock is hiding and which filter list is hiding it.