Sometimes you might need to turn off AdBlock without removing it from your browser entirely. For instance, a news site might ask you to turn off your ad blocker to read an article, or a broadcast TV site might ask you to view its commercials before letting you stream an episode. You have options other than turning off AdBlock. The easiest solution is just to pause it, temporarily allowing ads to show.


This article covers how to pause or disable AdBlock on your desktop computer. If you want to pause AdBlock on your mobile device, see this article instead.


By the way, if you want to disable AdBlock because it's preventing something on a website from working properly, please see this article.


Are the pause options missing or is the AdBlock menu empty entirely except for "Love AdBlock? Consider Donating!"? Please see this article.


A couple of notes about the AdBlock button:
In the instructions that follow, "the AdBlock button" is the button in your browser toolbar that looks like our logo (a white hand inside a red stop sign). Clicking it makes the AdBlock menu appear. If you don't see the AdBlock button in your browser toolbar, it may be hidden. Here's how to show it.

Also, if you notice that ads aren't being blocked, check the AdBlock button. If the stop sign is green (in Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge) and the hand changed to a thumbs-up, it means you either paused AdBlock or whitelisted the page or site. The AdBlock button never changes color in Safari.


Pause AdBlock on the current site

This is the best choice if you just want to 1) read an article on a site that doesn't welcome ad blockers or 2) do something on a site where you need to see ads (create your own Facebook ad, for instance).


To temporarily allow ads to show ONLY on the site you're currently visiting, click the AdBlock button and select Pause on this site.


AdBlock will stay paused on all pages on the site even if you open one in a new tab. Ads will still be blocked everywhere else.


There are three ways to start blocking ads on that site again:

  • Click the AdBlock button and select Resume blocking ads. Remember to reload the page if you want ads to show right away.
  • Visit a different site. This tells AdBlock to start blocking ads everywhere again even if you forgot to unpause it.
  • Restart your browser.


Pause AdBlock everywhere


To temporarily allow ads to show on EVERY site, click the AdBlock button and select Pause on all sites.


AdBlock will stay paused on all pages on all sites in all tabs. Ads will not be blocked anywhere.


There are two ways to start blocking ads again:

  • Click the AdBlock button and select Resume blocking ads. Remember to reload the page if you want ads to show right away.
  • Restart your browser.


Disable and re-enable AdBlock

Chrome

  1. Enter chrome://extensions in the address bar.
  2. Find AdBlock in the list of extensions.
  3. Clear the Enabled check box to disable AdBlock (or select the check box to enable AdBlock).


Safari

  1. Choose Preferences from the Safari menu and select Extensions.
  2. Find AdBlock in the list.
  3. Clear the Enabled check box to disable AdBlock (or select the check box to enable AdBlock).


Microsoft Edge

  1. Click the More (...) menu and select Extensions.
  2. Point to AdBlock in the list and click the cog icon.
  3. Click On to turn AdBlock off (or click Off to turn AdBlock on).


Firefox

  1. Click the menu button and then click Add-ons.
  2. In the Add-ons Manager tab, select Extensions.
  3. Find AdBlock in the list.
  4. Click Disable to turn AdBlock off (or click Enable to turn AdBlock on).