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Everytime I open up Firefox, two tabs open up. The first is a Firefox page and the other is my home page. How do I stop the first tab from opening?

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Everytime I open up Firefox, two tabs open up. The first is a Firefox page and the other is my home page. How do I stop the first tab from opening?

I would like to stop the firefox tab (what I assume is the firefox home page) and only want one tab to open when I bring up my browser.

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Re: Everytime I open up Firefox, two tabs open up. The first is a Firefox page and the other is my home page. How do I stop the first tab from opening?

I had this happen after I updated Firefox. I got rid of the second Mozilla "home Page" by doing the following: Click Tools Click Options Click General Tab In the "When Firefox Starts" drop-down menu, choose "Show My Home Page". Just below that, you will see; Home Page, with a space for the URL of the home page you want to use typed into it. Check it carefully. My second pop-up page was caused because of an improper URL. It was showing the following: http://www.abcdef.com/ (my home page), HOWEVER, there was additional information on the right of the forward slash after .com All I did was delete this additional information, closed my browser, restarted it, and the second "Home Page" NEVER came back. Note: If you restore your browser defaults, you may have to fix the issue again.

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New User

Re: Everytime I open up Firefox, two tabs open up. The first is a Firefox page and the other is my home page. How do I stop the first tab from opening?

Have you tried going into Firefox-Options-Options and then click on the General tab. Under something labeled Startup there should be something called When Firefox starts. It has 3 options, choose the Show my homepage. In the address bar below type in the URL of the website you want opened when you start your browser then click ok.

New User

Re: Everytime I open up Firefox, two tabs open up. The first is a Firefox page and the other is my home page. How do I stop the first tab from opening?

I have tried that but it did not get rid of the first tab. When I open up Firefox, two tabs open up. The first one is the Welcome to Firefox page and the second is my homepage. I know this is a luxury problem. I just do not want the Welcome to Firefox page to open up anymore but I have no idea how to stop it from opening along with my homepage.

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Re: Everytime I open up Firefox, two tabs open up. The first is a Firefox page and the other is my home page. How do I stop the first tab from opening?

Some suggestions in these articles:


Other - Check your Plugins and update as needed.

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  3. Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape "9.5.3"
New User

Re: Everytime I open up Firefox, two tabs open up. The first is a Firefox page and the other is my home page. How do I stop the first tab from opening?

I recently got this same problem when firefox updated to the latest version (23.0.1) and found that by editing the file (user.js) in the firefox profiles folder. I found it had more than one startup homepage lines in the text. I deleted all other startup homepage lines and left the one with my correct startup homepage.

Hope this is of help.

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Re: Everytime I open up Firefox, two tabs open up. The first is a Firefox page and the other is my home page. How do I stop the first tab from opening?

The user.js file is only present if you or other software has created it, so normally it wouldn't be there.
You can check its content with a plain text editor if you didn't create this file yourself.

The user.js file is read each time you start Firefox and initializes preferences to the value specified in this file, so preferences set via this file can only be changed temporarily for the current session.

New User

Re: Everytime I open up Firefox, two tabs open up. The first is a Firefox page and the other is my home page. How do I stop the first tab from opening?

I just upgraded to Firefox 23 and now I am also having Firefox open the "Welcome to Firefox" update tab every time I start Firefox. If I close all tabs and exit Firefox and restart, the "welcome" tab comes back. I have no home page set in my options.

I tried uninstalling Firefox including erasing all user data and reinstalling, but the "Welcome to Firefox" tab is still here!! Very frustrating.

Site Moderator

Re: Everytime I open up Firefox, two tabs open up. The first is a Firefox page and the other is my home page. How do I stop the first tab from opening?

You can check for problems with preferences.

Rename or delete the prefs.js file and possible numbered prefs-##.js files and a possible user.js file to reset all prefs to the default value.

New User

Re: Everytime I open up Firefox, two tabs open up. The first is a Firefox page and the other is my home page. How do I stop the first tab from opening?

Hey cor-el thanks for the reply. Unfortunately this did not help. Firefox is successfully saving my preferences without a problem. And when I did go in and rename my prefs.js file, it re-created a new one for me but STILL the Welcome to Firefox tab opens up every time.

Interesting sidebar: If I close Firefox and save open tabs, the Welcome to Firefox update tab does not open. Only when I shut down Firefox and close all tabs does it come back. Arrrggghhh!

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Re: Everytime I open up Firefox, two tabs open up. The first is a Firefox page and the other is my home page. How do I stop the first tab from opening?

Try Firefox Safe Mode to see if the problem goes away. Safe Mode is a troubleshooting mode, which disables most add-ons.

(If you're not using it, switch to the Default theme.)

  • Open the Help menu and click on the Restart with Add-ons Disabled... menu item while Firefox is running.

Once you get the pop-up, just select "'Start in Safe Mode"

If the issue is not present in Firefox Safe Mode, your problem is probably caused by an extension, and you need to figure out which one. Please follow the Troubleshoot extensions, themes and hardware acceleration issues to solve common Firefox problems article for that.

To exit the Firefox Safe Mode, just close Firefox and wait a few seconds before opening Firefox for normal use again.

Please report back soon.