AdBlock for Chrome and Firefox allow you to use a keyboard shortcut to quickly pause and resume ad blocking. If you're more of a mouse person, you can also select a command on the page's context (right-click) menu in Chrome, Firefox, and (soon) Microsoft Edge.


Pause and unpause AdBlock using a keyboard shortcut in Chrome and Firefox


Windows: Ctrl+. (hold the Ctrl key and press the period key)

MacOS: Cmd+. (hold the Cmd key and press the period key)


The command is a toggle: Press the key combination once to pause AdBlock. Press again to unpause.


Notes:

  • In Firefox, the AdBlock icon in the browser toolbar doesn't turn back to red when you unpause using the keyboard shortcut. This is a bug in AdBlock and will be fixed in an upcoming release.
  • Microsoft Edge doesn't allow extensions to assign keyboard shortcuts.


Change or remove the keyboard shortcut

If AdBlock's default keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+. or Cmd+.) conflicts with a shortcut used by another extension, you can change it easily in Chrome. Firefox doesn't provide an easy way to change keyboard shortcuts. We hope to add that capability to our Firefox extension.


To change or remove the keyboard shortcut in Chrome:


1. Open chrome://extensions.

2. Click the "hamburger menu."


Changing the pause/unpause keyboard shortcut in Chrome, Steps 1 and 2


3. Select Keyboard shortcuts.


Changing the pause/unpause keyboard shortcut in Chrome, Step 3.


4. Click the box next to "Toggle Pause/Resume on all sites." This is where you will assign a new key combination to the shortcut.


Changing the pause/unpause keyboard shortcut in Chrome, Step 4.



5. Press the keys you want to assign. To remove the shortcut entirely, click the "x" at the edge of the box.


Changing the pause/unpause keyboard shortcut in Chrome, Step 5.



Pause and unpause AdBlock using the page context menu in Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge

Chrome

Right-click the page and select AdBlock > Pause on this site or AdBlock > Pause on all sites.


Pausing AdBlock using the page context (right-click) menu in Chrome



If you are viewing a whitelisted page or site, the context menu changes:


Pausing AdBlock on a whitelisted site using the page context (right-click) menu in Chrome



To unpause AdBlock, right-click the page and select Resume blocking ads.


Unpausing AdBlock using the context (right-click) menu in Chrome



Firefox

Right-click the page and select AdBlock > Pause AdBlock.


Pausing AdBlock using the page context (right-click) menu in Firefox



To unpause AdBlock, right-click the page and select AdBlock > Unpause AdBlock.


Unpausing AdBlock using the context (right-click) menu in Firefox


Microsoft Edge

Coming soon!