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Since updating to Firefox 26.0, whenever I start Firefox it opens to a blank tab instead of my homepage.

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Since updating to Firefox 26.0, whenever I start Firefox it opens to a blank tab instead of my homepage.

My Firefox preferences are set to: When Firefox starts: Show my homepage Home page: http://www.foxnews.com/

If I change my homepage, Firefox still opens to a blank tab.

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Re: Since updating to Firefox 26.0, whenever I start Firefox it opens to a blank tab instead of my homepage.

I think I solved my problem. As I said previously, I reverted back to 25.0.1 and everything was fine. This morning I decided to start from scratch. I deleted Firefox and all related files from my computer. Using an app called EasyFind I located every file related to Firefox on my hard-drive and deleted them. This included all preferences and profiles. I then downloaded Firefox 26.0 and installed it. So far, the problem has not happened again. All is well. Thank you to all who assisted me and Happy New Year! Regards, Ken

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Re: Since updating to Firefox 26.0, whenever I start Firefox it opens to a blank tab instead of my homepage.

Type about:config in URL and accept the condition

Filter browser.startup.homepage and change the value to "www.foxnews.com"

if its not working.


The Reset Firefox feature can fix many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information.
Note: This will cause you to lose any Extensions and some Preferences.

  • Open websites will not be saved in Firefox versions lower than 25.

To Reset Firefox do the following:

  1. Go to Firefox > Help > Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click the "Reset Firefox" button.
  3. Firefox will close and reset. After Firefox is done, it will show a window with the information that is imported. Click Finish.
  4. Firefox will open with all factory defaults applied.

Further information can be found in the Refresh Firefox - reset add-ons and settings article.

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Thank you.

New User

Re: Since updating to Firefox 26.0, whenever I start Firefox it opens to a blank tab instead of my homepage.

I tried both resetting Firefox and your first suggestion. Still not fixed.

New User

Re: Since updating to Firefox 26.0, whenever I start Firefox it opens to a blank tab instead of my homepage.

I have temporarily reverted back to Firefox 25.0.1 until a fix is found with 26.0.

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Re: Since updating to Firefox 26.0, whenever I start Firefox it opens to a blank tab instead of my homepage.

Hello corvairkid64,

Thanks for contacting Mozilla Support. So I can better understand your issue do you see this behavior when you are starting Firefox fresh or when you are opening a new tab it does not show your homepage?

Cheers, Patrick

New User

Re: Since updating to Firefox 26.0, whenever I start Firefox it opens to a blank tab instead of my homepage.

It happens when I start Firefox. It should open to my selected homepage, but instead, opens to a blank page. After reverting back to version 25.0.1 the problem went away.

Support Forum Moderator

Re: Since updating to Firefox 26.0, whenever I start Firefox it opens to a blank tab instead of my homepage.

Hello corvairkid64,

Profile corruption can cause issues like this. Can you try creating a new profile within Firefox 26 to see if the issue is still present?

Use the Profile Manager to create and remove Firefox profiles

Cheers, Patrick

Site Moderator

Re: Since updating to Firefox 26.0, whenever I start Firefox it opens to a blank tab instead of my homepage.

You can check for problems with the sessionstore.js and sessionstore.bak files in the Firefox profile folder that store session data.

Delete the sessionstore.js file and possible sessionstore-##.js files with a number and sessionstore.bak in the Firefox profile folder.

Deleting sessionstore.js will cause App Tabs and Tab Groups and open and closed (undo) tabs to get lost and you will have to recreate them (make a note or bookmark them if possible).


Are you using "Clear history when Firefox closes"?

New User

Re: Since updating to Firefox 26.0, whenever I start Firefox it opens to a blank tab instead of my homepage.

Hello PatrickMC, I tried making a new profile. No change. The problem persists. I am changing back to 25.0.1 again until a fix is developed. Thanks for trying to help. Ken

New User

Re: Since updating to Firefox 26.0, whenever I start Firefox it opens to a blank tab instead of my homepage.

Hello Cor-el, I don't quite understand your instructions regarding sessionstore.js. I'm not comfortable digging around in my system files.

Yes, I use "clear history when Firefox closes". I have been using that setting for many years with no problem.

I have reverted back to version 25.0.1 and again the problem has stopped.

I have been using Firefox for many years now and have never had a problem with updates. I feel that there is a bug in this new version which needs to be addressed. It's simple cause and effect. All versions of Firefox worked fine until 26.0. The problem starts with 26.0. Hence the problem is in 26.0, not in how my computer is configured.

Thanks for trying to help. I will stay with 25.0.1 until I see 26.1. Then I'll try again.

Regards, Ken