How to block annoying on-site notifications with Chrome

I hate the web.

It’s a tough stance to take because the internet pays my rent, but the way apps and websites constantly compete for my attention is often very exhausting. That said, I noticed something while using Google Chrome today that improves the experience a bit.

If you consistently decline pop-up notifications, Chrome will learn this behavior over time and automatically block websites asking you to subscribe to its push notifications. I noticed this happening to me today, and when I dove a little deeper, it turns out that you can block all of these types of notifications right from Chrome’s Settings menu.

You should be able to access the setting with this link if you’re in Chrome. If that doesn’t work, accessing this menu is a bit of a pain. Click on the “three dots” menu at the top left of your Chrome window and choose “Settings”. From there, select “Privacy and Security” from the left menu. Then click “Site Settings” and select Notifications on the next page.

Once in the Notifications area, you can turn off site notifications or use a silent way to send your Chrome notifications online. The problem with this is that it also silences notifications for important apps like Google Calendar or other online work apps.

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