Firefox: Have New Tabs Open to Home (or any other) Page

When I open a new tab, 9 out of 10 times I want it to open to google. Firefox will not open a page by default when you open a tab. Here is how to change that.


I click a new tab in firefox. There opens a blank, untitled page. Quick, but YAWN!

By using tab mix plus extension for firefox, you can change this.

1. Download and install the extension
2. Click Tools
3. Select Tab Mix Plus Options
4. Click Events
5. Click Tab Opening tab
6. In the Load on New Tabs dropdown box select Home

If you want to open to another page other than your home page, select User Location and enter whatever page you wish.

 

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  • joel

    did not work

  • http://www.aprima.org aprima

    Is there a working add-on for version 3.5?

  • Anonymous

    very helpful thanx

  • Anonymous

    Worked like a charm — can’t believe I lived this long without it!

  • Pip

    Thank you thank you this worked perfectly. I have now set mine so that Google comes up with each new tab. Thanks so much for the help.

  • http://That.com/ Mark

    Its absolutely hideous you have to run a #%W#%in add on for this crap. Tab browsing 101. Wish there was another choice for browsing. Firefox is a utter pig however it is stable if you run few addons. I have 2 installed and hate the thought of having to run one for something this basic. HOW *#%&)(Q#%*(Q*#%)(Q#*%)(%)(*%)(*()Q%*()%umb

  • Mannie Romero

    if all you want is the new tab to open as your homepage. then click the home icon with the middle mouse button :-0

    • Pete_027

      ^
      +1

  • Trigger

    Fantastic. Cheers

  • Ganeshchuabar

    By using tab mix plus extension for firefox, you can change this.

    1. Download and install the extension
    2. Click Tools
    3. Select Tab Mix Plus Options
    4. Click Events
    5. Click new tab
    6. In the Load on New Tabs dropdown box select Home

  • http://www.adaptitgroup.com.au/ Adapt It Group

    I think the tab mix plus extension for Firefox is the very interactive thing. I will install it for sure.

  • Robert

    Why use an add-on when Firefox already has this ability built in?

    In the address bar type: about:config

    Now search for the string: browser.newtab.url

    By default it will say: about:newtab

    Double click on it, and change it to whatever website you want new tabs to open up to, like http://www.google.com for example.

    On the off chance you don’t have the ‘browser.newtab.url’ string under about:config, just create it.

    So much easier and faster and no add-ons required.

  • Albert

    Type about:config in the address bar
    Search for “tab”
    Change browse.newtab.url to the url that you want to go to when you open a new tab
    Done :-)