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 22:04:44 UTC 2015

On Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 02:29:37PM -0600, Curt Tresenriter 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.
> > 
> If I understand you correctly what you want to do is enable "Don't load
> tab until selected" in the options menu for tab preferences.
Yes, but it must only apply to a few specific URLs, I want to keep
everything as it is for everything else.

I want to be able to click on
(and a few similar URLs) so that I hear the Internet Radio station but
I don't want Firefox's display to change.  For any other (non Internet
Radio) URL I want everything to work as it does at present.

These will be bookmarked URLs, kept in the bookmarks toolbar, so I can
if necessary add some javascript/html around them if it would make
what I want to do possible.

Chris Green

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