Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
Social media links that are programmed to float on top of the page are a design element and can't be prevented with pop-up blocking.
Is there any way to get rid of the sliding pop-up of the left of this site and many others? I don't need access to Tweet and Redit and I find it distracting. I don't see anything to click on to minimize or close it.
(The link provided is to an article out at scientificamerican.com.)
In this excerpt from Answercast #48, I look at a page with prominent links for "liking" the site on various social media.
Unfortunately, the answer to your question is no.
What you're seeing is not so much a pop-up as it is something that the page author has created and placed on those pages. The fact that it happens to stay in one position (or it doesn't move as you scroll the page) is simply a side effect of how it's designed.
It is not technically a pop-up.
It really is just something that the page author has put there.
If you take a look at my own articles... you'll see at the bottom of every article links to "Tweet" and to "Share on Facebook" (and so forth) for the article that you've just seen.
It's exactly the same thing. The only difference is that this site has coded theirs in such a way that it always stays on the screen regardless of how you scroll the page. I don't know of any way to turn it off.
If it annoys you enough, the only solution that I'm aware of is to vote with your feet and not visit sites that have things that annoy you.
I realize that's not always a practical solution. But the only thing left
after that is simply to live with it.
Next from Answercast 48 - Why does my program report "Disk Full" when saving a file to a disk with lots of room?
Comments on this entry are closed.
If you have a question, start by using the search box up at the top of the page - there's a very good chance that your question has already been answered on Ask Leo!.
If you don't find your answer, head out to http://askleo.com/ask to ask your question.