Middle click on a page navigates to the content of the primary selection. Requires Linux.
On Linux, middle click triggers a paste action. With this extension, middle clicking on part of a tab that wouldn't normally accept a paste action will cause the tab to navigate to the contents of the PRIMARY selection. Due to restrictions of the extension system, it does not work on the new tab page, or any other chrome:// page. However, there is an option to load a blank page instead of the new tab page. Changes: v 0.7.1 - Update manifest to version 2; this may help with the regression bug where a new tab was opened as well. - Removed unneeded permission "tabs" - Added option to load a specific URL to the new tab page. v 0.6 - Bug fix: new tab behavior didn't work correctly until it was clicked. - Bug fix: cut and paste handling for URL matching regex were broken. v 0.5 Thanks to Adam Katz and Simon Schubert for the improvements. - Strip leading and trailing whitespace from clipboard contents. - Add option to navigate only if clipboard contents match a regular expression. - Make labels on options page clickable. v 0.4 - Add option to open new tabs instead of replacing the current tab. - Add option to replace the new tab page with a blank page that supports middle click to navigate. v 0.3 - Bug fix: some types of input areas were not properly detected, triggering navigation if the user tried to paste into them. (Content-editable divs, as used for the status update on Facebook.)
- (2014-07-29) Jared Davis: I really want this, but, at least in Chromium, it ruins middle clicking on links. Too frustrating to keep installed.
- (2014-03-16) Brian Murrell: Great extension but breaks in Chrome 33 by causing new pages to open using the old, unsupported chrome-internal://newtab. Had to disable until this gets fixed. Or I find a new extension that does the same thing.
- (2013-05-19) Leszek Matok: Doesn't work after ^T. Doesn't work on this page. Breaks middle-click on links (it opens new tab with the link AND changes current one to some randomness you had in PRIMARY clipboard). Oh well, back to Firefox. Next attempt to try Chrome in another 2 years, cheers!
- (2013-02-10) Ari Rahikkala: This extension has served me well for several years now, but it seems that recently some update to Chromium has broken it so that it doesn't notice anymore that you're middle-clicking on a link and so don't want to trigger navigation. Hopefully there'll be a release that fixes this at some point.
- (2012-04-24) Grant McLean: This feature is something that many long-time Firefox users are looking for and this extension implements it well. Unfortunately, the extension also overrides the new tab behaviour which I had already customised with another extension to display my home page - and I don't seem to be able to disable that. If the config added a 'Home page' option for what to display in a new tab then it would be perfect! Until then, I'll uninstall it and stick with middle-click on the [+] tab button to paste URLs.
- (2015-05-21, v:0.7.1) Chris Wage: loads even on pasting into input
If you paste into textarea inputs, the extension still supersedes and loads the URL, which is rarely intended behaviour.
- (2014-04-15, v:0.7.1) Norman Ramsey: New-tab opening still broken
I also am having the new-tab problem reported by Devin Carraway on 24 February 2014.
- (2014-02-25, v:0.7.1) Devin Carraway: Breaks on new-tab opening with last Chrome stable release
Beginning with the last stable release Chrome/Linux 33.0.1750.117, when the user opens a new tab this extension will cause a handler dialog (suggesting xdg-open, the standard way on mainstream Linux desktop envs at the moment) to appear about chrome-internal://newtab. The new tab page cannot be accessed, and if the user check the 'always use this' checkbox Chrome will enter an endless loop of tab openings until it crashes.