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BarTab inspired utility blocking background tabs on start for Chrome.

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This Chrome/Iron extension is inspired by the excellent Firefox extension - BarTab, although it's much less sophisticated and powerful.

I've written it over a weekend while learning Chrome's API, so it might be a bit unpolished ;) I just couldn't believe it's not possible to do something about Chrome's startup tab loading mess.

Turns out it's possible, but results are pretty unstable depending on OS, Chrome version and computer's speed.

I didn't publish it on Web Store, because I don't have a developer account and don't want to pay entry fee to publish a free extension.

It works for 10 secs on Chrome/Iron start, blocking tabs that are not active from any web requests.

After those 10 seconds the web traffic is restored and the extension only monitors the tabs that were previously blocked to reload them when they are activated.

It's 10 secs so that non-SSD boxes manage to finish loading. I plan to make it configurable when I'll have some time. Feel free to contribute!

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  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Excellent extention that fills a major gap in chrome functionality. As mentioned before, the extentions gets disabled when installed in chrome as it doesn't exist in the chrome store. The way to make this work is : 1. Download the .crx file 2. extract the files to a folder (say FooTab folder) and place it somewhere (e.g. C:\FooTab) 3. in chrome go to menu->more tools->extentions 4. enable developer mode (option top right) 5. select "load unpacked extention" 6. select the FooTab folder that you extracted the .crx contents before (in our case in C:\FooTab) 7. click OK and you're done. The only side-effect is that every time chrome will launch, you will see a warning asking you if you want to disable the extention because it isn't in the chrome store.

    Posted 02/24/2015
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Sometimes with a lot of tabs it will partially load some elements of them, other than that it is perfect. It just needs to be put in the web store. If anyone wants to donate the money for a developer account I would be glad to put this in the Chrome Web Store.

    Posted 10/09/2014
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    Seems to work ok. I guess Chrome is just very restrictive regarding stuff like this: active tab of every window gets loaded. Anything that can be done about this? @buythiscomputer: you sure you dragged it to the extensions page?

    Posted 10/14/2013
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