Tab Activate - Chrome Web Store
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New tabs open immediately instead of in the background

Concerns Regarding Required Permissions Please read the detailed description of required permissions (below) and why they are necessary. Without them, Tab Activate could not work as described. Absolutely no data is changed or collected. ---------------------------------------- Description When you open a link in a new tab, Chrome opens the new tab in the background and provides no option to switch to it immediately. With Tab Activate, new tabs open immediately instead of in the background. To override Tab Activate and open a new tab in the background, press the Shift key while opening the new tab. Note: Override does not work for bookmarks. Tab Activate effectively reverses Chrome's new tab focus behavior. In other browsers, this setting is called: "When you open a link in a new tab, switch to it immediately." ---------------------------------------- Required Permissions Read and change all your data on the websites you visit: Required to detect when the Shift key is pressed (no website data is read or changed) Due to limitations in the Chrome extension API, the only way to detect if the Shift key is being pressed is with the required permissions. Absolutely no data is changed or collected. ---------------------------------------- Changes Version 3.2 Refactored code. No longer requires bookmarks permission (bookmarks still work). Version 3.1 Improved Shift key detection when the window loses focus. Improved error handling. Fixed a console error. Version 3.0 Updated to Chrome Manifest V3. Version 2.1 New icon. Fixed issues created by Chrome 79 extension API changes. Version 2.0 As requested, bookmarks are now supported. Version 1.2 New tabs open to the right of the previous tab and new background tabs open at the end. Version 1.1 Shift key overrides Tab Activate and opens new tabs in the background. Version 1.0 Initial release.

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CrankCase08Jul 13, 2024

Doesn't work on the Coinbase website.

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hgvJul 1, 2024

Conflict with Vivaldi's "lazy loading" It´s definitely a great extension but my favorite browser is Vivaldi and this extension (and apparently others similar to this) is now interfering with lazy loading. It was working ok with lazy loading but now lazy loading doesn't work anymore when this extension is active on Vivaldi's start. I have to deactivate it before closing Vivaldi and activate it again after opening Vivaldi... or quickly click on "Hibernate all background tabs" before Vivaldi ... Show more

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Bill GatesFeb 27, 2024

much needed extension. Thank You

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  • Version
  • Updated
    May 19, 2022
  • Offered by
    Tab Activate
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  • Languages
    English (United States)
  • Developer
  • Non-trader
    This developer has not identified itself as a trader. For consumers in the European Union, please note that consumer rights do not apply to contracts between you and this developer.


The developer has disclosed that it will not collect or use your data.

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  • Not being sold to third parties, outside of the approved use cases
  • Not being used or transferred for purposes that are unrelated to the item's core functionality
  • Not being used or transferred to determine creditworthiness or for lending purposes


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