Tab Activate

Tab Activate

New tabs open immediately instead of in the background

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What is Tab Activate?

Tab Activate is a Chrome extension by Tab Activate. This extension has 53,547 weekly active users, a good user rating of 4.05, and is most similar to Switch To New Tab and TabsPlus. The latest version, 3.2.1, was updated 10 months ago.

Stats date:
Version: 3.2.1 (Last updated: 2022-05-19)
Creation date: 2020-01-15
Manifest version: 3
  • tabs
Size: 6.29K
Email: Click to see
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood
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Not available on Firefox
Not available on Edge
Concerns Regarding Required Permissions

Please read the detailed description of required permissions (below) and why they are necessary. Without them, Tab Activate could not work as described. Absolutely no data is changed or collected.



When you open a link in a new tab, Chrome opens the new tab in the background and provides no option to switch to it immediately.

With Tab Activate, new tabs open immediately instead of in the background.

To override Tab Activate and open a new tab in the background, press the Shift key while opening the new tab. Note: Override does not work for bookmarks.

Tab Activate effectively reverses Chrome's new tab focus behavior.
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Risk impact

Tab Activate requires a number of risky permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this extension. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install Tab Activate if you trust the publisher.

Risk impact measures the level of extra permissions an extension has access to. A low risk impact extension cannot do much harms, whereas a high risk impact extension can do a lot of damage like stealing your password, bypass your security settings, and access your personal data. High risk impact extensions are not necessarily malicious. However, if they do turn malicious, they can be very harmful.

Risk likelihood

Tab Activate has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

Risk likelihood measures the probability that a Chrome extension may turn malicious. This is determined by the publisher and the Chrome extension reputation on Chrome Web Store, the amount of time the Chrome extension has been around, and other signals about the Chrome extension. Our algorithms are not perfect, and are subject to change as we discover new ways to detect malicious extensions. We recommend that you always exercise caution when installing a Chrome extension, especially ones with higher risk impact and/or higher risk likelihood.

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User reviews
by kun zou kun zou, 2023-03-21

I have this on the latest edition of Microsoft Edge and it works like a charm, simple and effective.
by Omar Baidawi Omar Baidawi, 2023-02-20

Thank you so much for making this extension. We are so grateful to you for making our life easier.
by Manish Modi Manish Modi, 2023-02-04
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