Firefox question - can I open a URL in a 'hidden' tab, or at least not move to the tab when opening it?

Chris Green cl at
Tue Feb 17 21:59:39 UTC 2015

On Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 08:57:00PM +0100, Petter Adsen wrote:
> On Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:47:25 +0000
> Chris Green <cl at> wrote:
> > Is there any way in Firefox to 'open' a URL but not move to a tab to
> > display it?
> > 
> > I want to open internet radio URLs without changing what Firefox
> > shows, so either some sort of hidden TAB or simply a way of not going
> > to tabs opening certain specific URLs would do what I want.
> > 
> Yes.
> Open the menu (the three horizontal stripes in the upper right corner),
> click "Preferences", then "Tabs", and unselect "When I open a new link
> in a new tab, switch to it immediately".
But I only want this to happen on a few specific URLs, normally
when I click on a link I *do* want to go to it immediately.

Chris Green

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