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How do I set new windows to open my homepage, but new tabs to open blank?

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How do I set new windows to open my homepage, but new tabs to open blank?

I have my browser set to restore the previous session when I open Firefox, and new tabs to open blank. With these settings, I used to be able to open new windows and have my homepage load, while keeping the behaviors previously mentioned intact, but when I open a new window now, I get a blank page.

Is there any way to restore the previous behavior, or are all tabs now seen as the same now, whether they're opened as part of new windows or existing windows?

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Senior User

Re: How do I set new windows to open my homepage, but new tabs to open blank?

You must change the string "browser.newtab.url" by clicking twice on it and then write "about:blank"...now the newtab will open with a blank page..To change the homepage will appear in a new window see how to How to set the homepage How to set the home page ~J99 Solved?

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Senior User

Re: How do I set new windows to open my homepage, but new tabs to open blank?

Maybe you are speaking about new tab that you open...try to follow this steps:

# In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter. The about:config "This might void your warranty!" warning page may appear. 
  1. Click I'll be careful, I promise!, to continue to the about:config page.

Then search the string "browser.newtab.url"..what url you see?

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New User

Re: How do I set new windows to open my homepage, but new tabs to open blank?

I want new tabs (Ctrl+T) to open blank, but I want new windows (Ctrl+N) to open in my homepage. I did not make any settings changes before this stopped working. The only changes have been an update to Firefox 24 and just today, the Mac OS installed a security update. The security update may have caused this behavior to change, but I'm not sure.

Senior User

Re: How do I set new windows to open my homepage, but new tabs to open blank?

Probably the update of firefox have changed some settings...Have you check? On my firefox i change settings and now i can open new tab with blank screen and new windows open my homepage.

New User

Re: How do I set new windows to open my homepage, but new tabs to open blank?

I've checked the settings, but I'm not seeing anything that specifically applies to new windows and the new page. I have no idea what settings to change.

Senior User

Re: How do I set new windows to open my homepage, but new tabs to open blank?

You must change the string "browser.newtab.url" by clicking twice on it and then write "about:blank"...now the newtab will open with a blank page..To change the homepage will appear in a new window see how to How to set the homepage How to set the home page ~J99 Solved?

Mozilla Support Contributor

Re: How do I set new windows to open my homepage, but new tabs to open blank?

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter. 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 change from the default (about:newtab) to about:blank.

You can test immediately by pressing Ctrl+t or clicking the "+" button.

Mozilla Support Contributor

Re: How do I set new windows to open my homepage, but new tabs to open blank?

If the change does not work, one of your extensions might be controlling the new tab page. You can review, configure, disable, and remove most extensions here:

(MAC) Tools menu > Add-ons, on the left side, click the Extensions category

If the change is reverted the next time you start Firefox, a user.js file might be overriding your personal preferences. This article describes how to find and remove that: How to fix preferences that won't save.

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Re: How do I set new windows to open my homepage, but new tabs to open blank?

Firefox opens the home page by default in a new window.
So if that new window stays blank then you need to check the home page setting.

New User

Re: How do I set new windows to open my homepage, but new tabs to open blank?

Thanks, but the problem has already been fixed. That, and I already had the home page set to what I wanted.