FooTab for Chrome: Speed Up Chrome’s Startup By Blocking Background Tabs

If you’re a user of Google Chrome or Chromium browsers and you’re a bit of a tab addict (you can’t even read the website titles) then you’ll be aware of the mess that’s created when you start up such a full and busy browser from cold. While everything tries to load at once Chrome can often go unresponsive, suck down all your bandwidth and if there’s a tab you do actually want to load you’ll have to wait for everything else first.

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FooTab goes some way toward remedying this. It delays all background tabs for 10 seconds on startup so that the foreground tabs (those you are viewing) have a chance to load. Once these 10 seconds are up, the rest of the tabs will be loaded in the background. The extension has been inspired by the BarTab extension for the Firefox browser, though at present is not customisable.

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The project is hosted on SourceForge rather than the Chrome Web Store The Best Chrome Extensions A list of only the best extensions for Google Chrome, including suggestions from our readers. Read More so users will need to perform a manual installation. The extension is also the product of a weekend’s pottering around with the Chrome API, and so may be slightly unstable depending on your OS. Expect to see customisation options and better stability in future, updated versions.


  • Stops background tabs from loading for 10 seconds.
  • Allows foreground tabs to have enough bandwidth and processing power to load.
  • Early, unfinished code may result in instability so manually install at your own risk.

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