How can you Prevent Tabs from Loading Until Selected in Chrome Browser?

There are many users out there who are still not aware of the interesting features accompanied with Google Chrome. Do you know about the feature called “Don’t load tabs until selected” in Firefox. However one can find this setting under the “Tabs” section in Firefox’s options window. Now comes what is its function? This feature prevent tabs from loading in the background until and unless it is been selected by the user. This feature comes in handy when you have configured Firefox to automatically load tabs from the last session at startup, or when you load a previously saved browsing session into memory. Today we will be discussing about how you can prevent Tabs from Loading until Selected in Chrome.

Prevent tabs from Loading until Selected chromeHowever, in real Chrome doesn’t possess any such feature but still you can add this behavior using an extension called FooTab.

FooTab requires no UI or configuration boxes to speak of. To start using it, simply install the extension and leave it. Upon opening any saved session in Chrome browser, the pages won’t get loaded automatically; rather you get to see a message prompting “this webpage was blocked by an extension”. After a while, the page reloads.


FooTab extension starts functioning only for the first 10 seconds after Chrome starts, blocking tabs that are not active from any web requests. Once the 10 seconds are over the web traffic is restored and the extension starts monitoring the tabs that were previously blocked to reload them when they are activated.

To install the extension, you need to download the CRX file from this page and then save it to the hard disk. Next, you need to open Chrome’s extension page and drag and drop the CRX file into Chrome’s window.
Make sure that you use different browser to download the CRX file, as Chrome blocks any attempt to download extensions from non-approved websites.

Upon following the tutorial here you can now prevent tabs from Loading until selected in Chrome.


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