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I want the cursor to be in the address bar when creating a new window; it works for new tabs and in a new private window, but not in safe mode.

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I have tried following the advice offered in the few different threads I have found on this but nothing fixes it. I want the cursor to be in the address bar when I open a new window and/or when firefox opens without restoring a previous session. I fixed the issue for new tabs via about:config but this doesn't work for new windows. I tried safe mode and the problem persists. In new private windows the cursor is in the address bar.

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A new window opens the home page (default: about:home) and not the new tab page (default: about:newtab).

Some of the built-in about pages set the focus to the search bar on the web page just like the Google website does.

You could use a bookmark on the Bookmarks Toolbar that opens the about:blank page. If you hold the Shift key when you click this bookmark then you open a new widow with this page. Otherwise you would have to set the home page to about:blank or about:about to have easy access to all about pages.

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The search box in about:home steals the cursor. Changing your home page to something else will cause the cursor to start in the address bar for new windows.

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A new window opens the home page (default: about:home) and not the new tab page (default: about:newtab).

Some of the built-in about pages set the focus to the search bar on the web page just like the Google website does.

You could use a bookmark on the Bookmarks Toolbar that opens the about:blank page. If you hold the Shift key when you click this bookmark then you open a new widow with this page. Otherwise you would have to set the home page to about:blank or about:about to have easy access to all about pages.