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How To Make Firefox Open a New Tab to Blank Page

Since the Firefox 13 update, when you open a new tab, it displays the frequently visited sites page. If you’d rather they open to a blank page, setting it up is easy.

Since the Firefox 13 update, when you open a new tab, it displays the frequently visited sites page. Similar to the Speed Dial feature in the Opera browser. You can pin them and move them around to your liking. A lot of people like this ability, but you might prefer new tabs to open to a blank page instead. Here’s how.

blank tab firefox

In earlier versions of Firefox you had to enable the speed dial page, but now it’s the default setting. To set new tabs to open to a blank page type: about:config in the address bar. Then click the I’ll be careful button on the Void Warranty screen – this page is a joke and one of Easter Eggs in the Firefox.

about config

Then in the search field type: browser.newtabpage.enabled and double click on it to change its value to False.

Change Value to False

Now when you open a new tab, it displays a blank page. If you do want to see the thumbnails of recently viewed pages, click the grid icon at the upper left side of the screen.

show new tab page


3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Claire  

    Thank you very much. Very clearly explained and helpful. It worked well.

  2. Nealstar  

    Thank you!

  3. Steve  

    Didn’t work for me and I did it 2 times

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