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My Popup Blocker is Driving Me Crazy!

There have been a couple of inquiries about the use of popups on this site. The answer is really quite simple. We want to provide you with extra information, but at the same time keep you from having to backtrack just to get back to your class videos.

For example, when you click on the link to download Windows Media Player, you are presented with advertisements (in the side panels of the page) from Microsoft. You might see something that interests you, like the release of the upcoming Vista operating system, so you click it and start checking out it specifications, what it offers, and before you know it, you're 15-20 clicks into their site, and either have to open your browser history to find your place again, or drill-down from the main page again. This is not efficient, and certainly no fun.

By placing the download link as a popup, all those clicks are captured in a different window, and when you're done, all you have to do is close it or switch to the original window to go back to your Netcast videos. You will never see an advertisement (other than for ourself) on these pages, and we will never use malicious scripts to force you to stay with us; this is a university system, and we play by the rules.

What each student, staff member, and faculty should do is place the USF in their Allowed/Trusted Sites. This will relax the popup blocker and tell it not to worry about any popups from USF. Regardless of which platform or browser you use, you will find a tab or button that is labled either "Allowed Sites" or "Trusted Sites" in its security area.

Firefox users will find it under:
Tools --> Options --> Content

IE is a little different:
Go to "Tools --> Internet Options"
Click on "Privacy"
Click on the "Settings" button
In both instances, In the box labled "Address of Website to Allow:" or "Address of the Website", type * then click "Add" or "Allow"

* should have moved into the lower box.

Click :Close" and/or "OK"

Safari for Mac OS has no per-website control over blocking pop-ups windows. Pop-ups are either blocked, or they are not.

To allow pop-ups:

From the Safari menu, uncheck the Block Pop-Up Windows. You can also use a keyboard shortcut to toggle: [Apple key]-K.

If you do not wish to turn off your popup blocker, all of the video portions of the site will continue to work fine. Popups were only used for links outside of the USF network. To bypass the popup blocker for a single link, a common command for many popup blockers is to hold down the CTRL key, then click the link.

Also note that many "helper bars" like the google toolbar or MSN toolbar also have popup blockers built into them.