Mikel recently made a plea to people who use “Snap Shots” on their blogs to please reconsider. Snap Shots (sometimes referred to simply as “Snap”) is that highly annoying feature that pops up an ad-filled preview of the target whenever you roll your cursor over a link on a Web page (usually a blog). Here’s an example:
Just by rolling over the link, the huge Snap Shots window pops up, obscuring the text that you’re trying to read. This is annoying because 95% of the time it happens unintentionally. People roll their cursors around the screen as a matter of course, and when a blog has Snap Shots enabled, these unexpected and unwanted previews pop up.
I agree with Mikel. Snap Shots is really annoying, and if you’re using it on your blog, you are annoying your readers.
If your blog is hosted at WordPress.com (which is not the same as hosting a WordPress blog yourself), then your blog will have Snap Shots enabled by default. I’m quite convinced that many WordPress users use Snap Shots because they don’t realize they have a choice and can turn it off. (If your blog has “wordpress” in its address, such as “myblog.wordpress.com,” then this applies to you.)
I will show you how you can do exactly that. In fact, I present two sets of instructions below; one showing [name].wordpress.com blog owners how to turn off Snap Shots in WordPress, and the other showing everyone else how to prevent Snap Shots from activating when you find yourself on a Snap Shots enabled blog.
To Turn Off Snap Shots in WordPress.com
This is really easy, and I strongly urge anyone with a WordPress.com blog to do this.
- Log into WordPress and go to your Dashboard
- Go to Presentation, then to Extras
- Uncheck the item that says “Enable Snap Shots on this blog.”
- Save the setting by clicking the “Update Extras” button on the right (not seen in the screenshot below)
That’s it! No more Snap Shots on your blog.
To Prevent Snap from Activating in Your Browser
For the rest of us, here’s how to prevent other people’s Snap Shot enabled Web sites from popping up those Snap Shot windows:
- Go to a Web site that uses Snap Shot
- Roll over a link and let Snap Shot do its dirty work
- On the pop-up that appears, roll your cursor over the icon in the upper-right corner (the one that looks like a sprocket); it will drop down a menu with “Options” and “Disable”
- Click “Options”
- On the Options menu that appears, check Disable for “ALL sites”
- Click “Save”
In theory, that will stop Snap Shot from working anywhere you find it. In reality, it just slows it down, because Snap Shots always seem to come back at some point.
I think it’s based on cookies, so when you disable Snap Shot like this, it works until you clear your cookies. After clearing your cookies, the “Disable” setting will also be cleared and you’ll have go through this procedure again.
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