Can I prevent my pinned tabs in Chrome from changing domain? Here's what keeps happening:

  • I pin Gmail
  • I inadvertently go to that tab (I have a lot of tabs open, so visually there's no difference) and open another url
  • I close Chrome, and next time I open it, it has the other url in the pinned tab

What I would like is for Chrome to throw up a dialog, or simply just prevent me from changing the domain of a tab once I've pinned it. Is this possible?

  • I also have a similar issue. I haven't been able to find any suitable solution.
    – kalaracey
    Apr 7, 2011 at 22:30
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    Pinned tabs are not designed to be stuck on one URL. This is a user error, and the browser shouldn't stop you from going to another URL in that tab. It's not a browser issue at all, and they shouldn't have to fix it.
    – user3463
    Apr 8, 2011 at 3:35
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    @Randolph I'm not implying this is a browser error, but still what I want is an extension to help me avoid making user errors!
    – fredley
    Apr 8, 2011 at 22:46
  • I have the opposite problem in Mozilla Firefox! I can't change the URL without unpinning the (new) URL, but if I wouldn't have too many tabs I wouldn't have pinned the tab (in which I want to do some real work) in the first place. Feb 23, 2013 at 8:22

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I do not believe there is an extension that will keep your tab from changing the URL, pinned or otherwise.

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    I have the opposite problem in Firefox, as it acts as OP wants it to. Feb 23, 2013 at 8:23

I created an extension that tries to keep the tab on the same page. When you click on any link it will open that link in a new tab rather than replacing the current tab. If you type a different URL in the location bar, it won't open a new tab. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a way to prevent that through the Chrome extension APIs.


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