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What are Background Pages?

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What are Background Pages? readerfan123 1/13/11 9:42 PM
Google Chrome version (type about:version into the address bar): 10.0.634.0 (Official Build 70875) dev
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6.6
Error Message:
Extensions installed: a whole bunch

Please describe your question/comment in detail (for example, steps to reproduce the problem):
Every once in a while (I've noticed it a lot recently) the wrench Icon will have a little squiggly blue box on it.  When I click on it, it says "View Background Pages (1)"

What does this mean?  What are background pages and why is Chrome alerting me of the fact that there is one?
Re: What are Background Pages? vasa1 1/13/11 10:34 PM
It's a mystery to me as well! At first I thought it was related to the number of extensions I have enabled. But you have "a whole bunch" and are told about just one background page.

It also doesn't appear to relate to the number of tabs open in the background.
Re: What are Background Pages? readerfan123 1/13/11 11:03 PM
Yeah. I've never had it say that I have more than one I don't think.  Also, when I click on the "View Background Pages (1)" thing in the wrench menu, it just gives me the task manager for Chrome.
Re: What are Background Pages? timmmy_42 1/13/11 11:07 PM
In the canary build you can get it to display more then 1. I believe it has something to do with an extensions being triggered and opening its background.html page.
Re: What are Background Pages? pointernil 1/18/11 1:23 AM
I think this is just temporary.
https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=69910
Re: What are Background Pages? vasa1 1/18/11 1:50 AM
Looks very likely! "Who approved UI?" Ouch!

Still, it would be nice to know the definition of a "background page".
Re: What are Background Pages? ms609 1/18/11 8:30 AM
You can read what a background page us here: http://code.google.com/chrome/extensions/background_pages.html
Re: What are Background Pages? vasa1 1/18/11 9:00 AM
Interesting. I wonder why such highly technical matter has been given so much prominence in the Wrench drop-down instead of being tucked away in a sub-menu.
Re: What are Background Pages? trplflip 3/28/11 7:48 PM
The number of background pages keeps increasing each version. Why is that?
Re: What are Background Pages? bkord123 4/5/11 5:17 AM
I have the same problem. My background pages show 4! But there's only one. Am I missing something?
Re: What are Background Pages? handsomeorlandoman 4/5/11 6:44 AM
Background pages have been around since extensions first came. I don't know what do the numbers next to view background pages mean. -_-