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How to change browser.startup.page from about:blank to about:newtab?

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I'd like my browser.startup.page to display about:newtab instead of about:blank, while keeping Google as my browser.startup.homepage. I'm not sure how to do it, since browser.startup.page allows only predefined int values (0 - blank, 1 - homepage, 3 - previous session) - where can I edit/add them? Or is there another way to get the result I want?

I'd like my browser.startup.page to display about:newtab instead of about:blank, while keeping Google as my browser.startup.homepage. I'm not sure how to do it, since browser.startup.page allows only predefined int values (0 - blank, 1 - homepage, 3 - previous session) - where can I edit/add them? Or is there another way to get the result I want?

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philipp
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hello, go to firefox > tools >options > general, select when firefox starts: "show my homepage" & just enter about:newtab as your custom homepage.

hello, go to firefox > tools >options > general, select when firefox starts: "show my homepage" & just enter '''about:newtab''' as your custom homepage.

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I said that I wanted to keep Google as my homepage...

I said that I wanted to keep Google as my homepage...
cor-el
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You can add "-url about:newtab" (without quotes) to the command line in the Firefox desktop shortcut to start Firefox with that page.
Then you can set the home page to the Google website.

You can add "-url about:newtab" (without quotes) to the command line in the Firefox desktop shortcut to start Firefox with that page.<br /> Then you can set the home page to the Google website.

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[Edited] There's a problem with your solution, after all...

It actually opens FF in a new window, without even grouping it with the FF icon I have pinned to the taskbar, so that's not really what I want :(

The best option would be somehow adding about:newtab to the "When FIrefox starts" menu, but I've no idea how to do it.

[Edited] There's a problem with your solution, after all... It actually opens FF in a new window, without even grouping it with the FF icon I have pinned to the taskbar, so that's not really what I want :( The best option would be somehow adding about:newtab to the "When FIrefox starts" menu, but I've no idea how to do it.

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cor-el
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Use the -new-tab switch instead.

  • "<path to firefox>\firefox.exe" -new-tab about:newtab
Use the -new-tab switch instead. * "<path to firefox>\firefox.exe" -new-tab about:newtab *https://developer.mozilla.org/en/Command_Line_Options

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Well, the problem is that I have FF pinned to taskbar, but it's not pinned by right-clicking the desktop/start menu shortcut and choosing 'pin to taskbar' - this way it becomes just a shortcut and the actual window will open next to it on taskbar. I chose 'Pin this program to taskbar' by right-clicking the active window from the taskbar itself - this way there is only one FF icon on my taskbar. Unfortunately, there's no way, that I know of, that could be used to add either -url or -new-tab about:newtab to it.

Well, the problem is that I have FF pinned to taskbar, but it's not pinned by right-clicking the desktop/start menu shortcut and choosing 'pin to taskbar' - this way it becomes just a shortcut and the actual window will open next to it on taskbar. I chose 'Pin this program to taskbar' by right-clicking the active window from the taskbar itself - this way there is only one FF icon on my taskbar. Unfortunately, there's no way, that I know of, that could be used to add either -url or -new-tab about:newtab to it.