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my new tab page has ben hijacked

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All I want to do is make my new tab my google home page. I have changed the browser.newtab.url in about:config and I still get some other page with websites I went to before popping up.

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What you have is a new Tab Page. This is a new layout designed by Mozilla. To change your preferences around this, please click the gear icon in the top right corner of the new tab page.

Hope this helps!

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No this does not solve my problem because in the business I am in I need to be able to open a tab and have the google search engine there when I need it. This just causes me more added steps.

Click on new tab If Google is not there because of all the web sites I am working on, I have to type in Before I could just click New tab and type away. Click another New Tab and type away.

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Are you saying that the setting in about:config is not registering what you have put in it? Is the URL in it correct? As a side note, if Google is your default search engine, by opening a new tab, you can type in your search them press enter and your search will be directed to Google.

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Hello Loretta4118, Andrew

note that from 41 the browser.newtab.url preference is abused and should be removed (bug Bug 1118285)

try to install the next add-on : New Tab Override (browser.newtab.url replacement), and after that, modify (double-click on it) the next preference


to any url you want

now probably you are able to see your url's in the new tab page. :-)

thank you

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You can also look this mozillaZine forum thread to achieve this via code in the mozilla.cfg file:

var newTabURL = "about:blank";

You can use this command to check the current new tab setting:

  • NewTabURL.get();

You can use this command to set the new tab setting:

  • NewTabURL.override("about:blank");

Run the code via the command line in the Browser Console (Firefox/Tools > Web Developer).