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Gmail forces Safari to make it the active tab?

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t123 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Nov 5, 2012 7:10 PM

In Safari 6, I've noticed that when Gmail finishes loading my Inbox it will automatically become the active tab.  This can be pretty annoying at times.  Doesn't happen with other browsers (Chrome, Firefox).


Here is my example scenario: 

  • I have some tabs open already
  • I open a new tab and go to
  • While I'm waiting for it to load (as the status bar fills; sometimes can take a little while, depending on connection) I switch to another tab
  • When Gmail finishes loading it automatically becomes the active tab, regardless of what I'm doing in any other tab


This can be a problem if I am, say, closing the tab I'm currently on (cmd+W) but it switches over so fast I accidentally close Gmail... which I was just trying to load.  I know, not the end of the world, but still annoying and so far Gmail is the only site that's ever done this for me (it is consistent though).  I've tried to reproduce it with other random sites, even Google ones like Youtube, by switching tabs really fast before they load, but they still don't become active.  I can (and should?) just be more patient and wait for Gmail to load and this won't be a problem, but I think others can relate to the need to zip around tabs when you're in the zone.


Any ideas on why this is happening?  Any workarounds?  Others noticing this problem?

MacBook Pro (17-inch 2.4 GHz), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)


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