I've noticed with the latest release of google chrome that any of my pinned tabs will start blinking if there is new (ajax) content available. It's mainly Gmail, Reader, Facebook, Twitter doing this at the moment.

I'm finding it extremely distracting. Does anyone know how to disable the blinking tabs?

Note, I do not want to close the tabs. I am thinking about moving my pinned tabs to a new window that's not always on screen, but I'd prefer not to do this.


It seems that for both Chrome and Firefox, the only solution is to unpin the tabs. The tabs should not have this behavior unless they are pinned, and the flash is due to a change in the title of the page.

An alternative is to use an extension like Stylish, which will allow you to modify the page template, potentially changing the title to a static value that does not change.


You can try this on Chrome.

Create folder somewhere on your hard drive and create these two files in it:


    "manifest_version": 2,
    "name"            : "Pinned Tab Flashing",
    "version"         : "1.0",
    "description"     : "Disable pinned tabs flashing",

    "content_scripts": [{
        "matches": ["<all_urls>"],
        "js": ["content.js"]



Navigate to chrome://extensions/ and click on Load unpacked extension and choose the folder you created. Also you need to refresh your page.

Keep in mind that some pages like soundcloud for example are single page applications that load dynamically entire templates including their title tag, so this solution won't work there.

  • +1 for effort. I'll see if I can tweak this to only work on pinned tabs. – hafichuk Nov 13 '13 at 16:16
  • developer.chrome.com/extensions/tabs#type-Tab says that the pinned state is just a property on the Tab object in chrome.tabs – Maks Jun 23 '15 at 23:24
  • @simo Does this still work in 2016? It doesn't seem to work for me – nh2 Mar 27 '16 at 1:20

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