Firefox new TAB page, vs new window page

Unfortunately, in Firefox (by Mozilla) the default start page for a new tab differs from that for a new window.

For the more common new window, the default page in the “Mozilla Start Page”:

mozilla_start_page_google

That has Google search build in.

Of course i like DuckDuckGo.com, so my Mozilla Start Page is set with the DuckDuckGo search engine, replacing google:

mozilla_start_page_duckduckgo

Then again, probably the most popular home page is the world is the google home page, super simpler, less-is-more:

google_home_page

But, for the new tab in Firefox, it’s different.

The default is the “Speed Dial” page:

firefox_new_tab_speed_dial

If you dont like that, you can hide it off by clicking the tab button in the upper right corner.

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Of course, then your new tab page is just blank.

firefox_new_tab_blank

That’s not very interesting, helpful, or convenient.

However, something obvious, say, making your new tab page the SAME as your new window page, is surprisingly non-obvious.

You have to use the advanced, somewhat dangerous about:config page.

Type about:config in the address box (NOT the google search box):

firefox_about_config_warning

You will get the warning above. Click “I’ll be careful. I promise”.

Oh, and, please, do, be careful. Only change this ONE thing.

What thing? Well, type newtab in the search box (not the address bar):

firefox_about_config_newtab

It should find name "browser.newtab.url" on the left, with value "about:newtab" on the right.

RIGHT click on that value, and click Modify:

firefox_about_config_newtab_modify

You’ll get a pop-up window. Type in a new value, eg about:home

firefix_about_config_new_tab_modify_about_home

This particular value will make your new tab go to the default Mozilla Start Page.

firefox_new_tab_mozilla_home_page

Or, modify the value to be google.com

firefix_about_config_new_tab_modify_google

This will make a new tab go to the google home page. You can set it to exactly what your home page is.

firefox_new_tab_google

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