Pausing and unpausing AdBlock using a keyboard shortcut or context menu command

AdBlock for desktop versions of Chrome, Edge, and Firefox allow you to use a keyboard shortcut or the page's context (right-click) menu to quickly pause or resume ad blocking.  



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

In some cases the default shortcut keys for AdBlock are pre-set as follows:


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

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


The shortcut is a toggle: Press the key combination once to pause AdBlock. Press again to unpause. To activate the change, refresh the page (Ctrl + R/Cmd + R).



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 all three browsers.


Chrome
  1. Enter chrome://extensions in the address bar.

  2. Click the three bars (hamburger menu) on the top left.

  3. Select Keyboard shortcuts.

  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.

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


Edge
  1. Enter edge://extensions in the address bar.

  2. Select Keyboard shortcuts.

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

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

Firefox
  1. Enter about:addons in the address bar.
  2. Click on the gear icon and select Manage Extension Shortcuts.
  3. Clear the shortcut completely by clicking on the trash symbol. To create a new shortcut, enter the keyboard combo of your choice.


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

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



If you are viewing a page or site that has already been added to the allowlist, the context menu changes:



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


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