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

Scott Blair scott.blair at
Wed Feb 18 01:01:45 UTC 2015

On 02/17/2015 04:59 PM, Chris Green wrote:
> 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.
Right click on link and select open link in new tab. It will open a new 
tab, but not switch to it, you will have to click on it.


Scott Blair

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