Chrome Extension: Making Browser Action icon open options page

Here’s how to make it so clicking the Page Action icon of a Chrome extension opens the extension options page. This code will open a new options page if one is not open, or switch to it if it’s already option.

You will need the “tabs” permission in your manifest.json:

Put this code in your background.js file:

2 Responses to “Chrome Extension: Making Browser Action icon open options page”

  1. Hi Adam,
    Thanks for the help! I’m looking at the ‘info.selection.length’ bit and trying to figure out what that is exactly (I’ve already read through the Chrome extension documentation but couldn’t find anything). Could you tell me what that 1024 number exactly is? Thank you!

    • adamf

      Hi Sun,

      I actually don’t remember exactly how this code works anymore. I’m limiting the selection length to 1024, an arbitrary size, but I’m not sure why I decided to do that. It just worked for me, I think.