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Do software companies test their freaking software updates anymore? Why isn't there a menu option to set new tabs to open on your home page???

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Do software companies test their freaking software updates anymore? Why isn't there a menu option to set new tabs to open on your home page???

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The answers are "Yes" and "I don't know."

Why do you ask about the testing -- what's going on?

Here's how you can change your new tab page:

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button promising to be careful.

(2) In the search box above the list, type or paste newtab and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Double-click the browser.newtab.url preference and enter your preferred page:

  • Page thumbnails (default) => about:newtab
  • Blank tab => about:blank
  • Built-in Firefox home page => about:home
  • Any other page => full URL to the page

Press Ctrl+t to open a new tab and verify that it worked. Fixed?

If problems persist, some potential diagnoses and remedies:

If Firefox won't let you edit this setting: you may have something called SearchProtect on your system. This needs to be removed from the Windows Control Panel. If the status says "locked" we will need to help you investigate an "autoconfig" file.

If Firefox lets you save your change but ignores it: one of your extensions may be overriding it. You can review, disable, and/or remove extensions on the add-ons page. Either:

  • Ctrl+Shift+a (Mac: Command+Shift+a)
  • "3-bar" menu button (or Tools menu) > Add-ons

In the left column, click Extensions. Then cast a critical eye over the list on the right and disable (or remove) anything unknown.

If the change works during your session, but at the next startup is back to the unwanted page: you might have a user.js file in your personal Firefox settings folder (your Firefox profile folder). This article describes how to track down and remove the file: How to fix preferences that won't save.

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The browser.newtab.url preference will be gone from Firefox very soon. That pref was abused by malware so frequently that the Mozilla developers eliminated that pref altogether.

As of Firefox 41 you're going to need an extension for the changing the new tab URL to something else. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/new-tab-override/