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Desaturate the favicons of all inactive tabs.

Favicons—originally “favorites icons”—are the small icons that appear next to the page title inside a tab in Google Chrome. Many companies choose to utilize this icon as a way to show off their logo or brand. As such, they’re often colorful and bold. In an effort to provide a more minimalist, distraction-free, browsing experience, this extension desaturates the tab icons for all but the active tab. In other words, all of the background tabs will appear in grayscale (“black and white”). When you switch which tab you’re viewing, the tab you were just viewing will see its icon switch to grayscale, and the new one you’re viewing will go back to full color. The extension has no settings. There’s nothing to do. Just install it and it’ll start working right away. If you ever want the full color of icons to return, simply uninstall the extension.

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Mateusz RApr 16, 2024

Makes it harder for others to spot what tabs you got open ;)

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RyanSep 17, 2023

I like this, but not the way I wanted it to work, reason for adding this is to be able to be aware of the notifications popping up in pinned tabs since I'm deaf so audio doesn't do me any good and I want the notifications to show up in color, not desaturated. Can you do this or at least put that as an option for us? Let me know if you are! Thank you

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Przemyslaw PokorskiApr 14, 2023

Sure, it desatured some favicons. It doesn't seem to care what is active though (might be due to Chrome updates since?) and some icons won't desaturate at all (e.g. Google)

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    May 27, 2024
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