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I have Firefox 42.0b1. I'm on the beta channel. Some time ago, I started to see this 'new tab page' with some of the websites that I've visited. In previous versions, I could disable this awful feature changing browser.newtab.url to about:blank. But this is not working anymore. Instead, FF now has a 'gear' button on the top right of the new tab page, which I can click to fake a blank page. But this is not the behavior that I'm expecting. I don't want anything to be loaded. No code, no graphics, no junk, no nothing, just an empty and fast page.

My question is: Is there any other way available on Firefox to have a completely empty new tab page??

I have Firefox 42.0b1. I'm on the beta channel. Some time ago, I started to see this 'new tab page' with some of the websites that I've visited. In previous versions, I could disable this awful feature changing browser.newtab.url to about:blank. But this is not working anymore. Instead, FF now has a 'gear' button on the top right of the new tab page, which I can click to fake a blank page. But this is not the behavior that I'm expecting. I don't want anything to be loaded. No code, no graphics, no junk, no nothing, just an empty and fast page. My question is: Is there any other way available on Firefox to have a completely empty new tab page??

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In Firefox 41 that browser.newtab.url pref is gone. That pref was being abused by malware so frequently that Mozilla decided to remove that pref to eliminate that type of hijack. You will need an extension such as this to restore it. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/new-tab-override/

Or for having your homepage as the new tab page, try this extension. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/new-tab-homepage/

If you are using Classic Theme Restorer, go into CTR options > General UI (2) and set your preference for the new tab URL there.

For Super Start you can use the about:superstart page.

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In Firefox 41 that browser.newtab.url pref is gone. That pref was being abused by malware so frequently that Mozilla decided to remove that pref to eliminate that type of hijack. You will need an extension such as this to restore it. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/new-tab-override/

Or for having your homepage as the new tab page, try this extension. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/new-tab-homepage/

If you are using Classic Theme Restorer, go into CTR options > General UI (2) and set your preference for the new tab URL there.

For Super Start you can use the about:superstart page.

In Firefox 41 that '''browser.newtab.url''' pref is gone. That pref was being abused by malware so frequently that Mozilla decided to remove that pref to eliminate that type of hijack. You will need an extension such as this to restore it. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/new-tab-override/ Or for having your homepage as the new tab page, try this extension. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/new-tab-homepage/ If you are using Classic Theme Restorer, go into CTR options > General UI (2) and set your preference for the new tab URL there. For [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/super-start/?src=ss Super Start] you can use the '''about:superstart''' page.

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Thanks a lot!! I do have CTR but I had this disabled :S

Thanks a lot!! I do have CTR but I had this disabled :S
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Note that in current CTR versions (1.3.9+) you find "New tab page url" in the Tabs (1) section.

You can use these special pages for the new tab page or use the URL of a web page. the default new tab page with the tiles is about:newtab

  • the default home page is about:home
  • for a blank page you can use about:blank
  • for Super Start you can use about:superstart
Note that in current CTR versions (1.3.9+) you find "New tab page url" in the Tabs (1) section. You can use these special pages for the new tab page or use the URL of a web page. the default new tab page with the tiles is <b>about:newtab</b> *the default home page is <b>about:home</b> *for a blank page you can use <b>about:blank</b> *for Super Start you can use <b>about:superstart</b>