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I use a lot of tabs, and in Firefox's configuration I have both:

When Firefox starts: Show my windows and tabs from last time


Don't load tabs until selected

PROBLEM: While I love this behavior, only one tab makes me sad: my Webmail tab, which shows "zero new email" until I remember and click on it so that it loads and starts fetching emails.

Is it possible to disable Don't load tabs until selected for a particular website?

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

A simple solution that I personally use for such a scenario is to right-click -> Pin Tab. Pinned tabs override the Don't load tabs until selected function. I suppose the reason is because they are considered to have higher priority than other tabs.

Pinned tabs become highlighted in blue once there are new updates in that tab, such as when receiving a new email.

Here's a screenshot of pinning a tab:

Demonstrating pinned tabs

Here's another showing a pinned Gmail tab that is announcing the arrival of new email(s):

Highlighted pinned tab. Works in realtime

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And, if you are using Gmail you can enable Labs in Settings and add "Unread message icon". This will put the unread message count into the gmail favicon. – sm4rk0 Nov 27 '13 at 9:59
Excellent first answer Ugo! – Nicolas Raoul Nov 28 '13 at 9:03
Glad to be of help :) – Ugo Nov 29 '13 at 6:48

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