Disable the New Tab Page

Disable New Tab Page in about:configWant to totally remove the new tab page feature in Firefox? With a  simple about:config tweak you can get it done. Why would you want to disable the new tab page? For some people, it could be a privacy concern – and I am really happy that the Mozilla guys left in a trigger in about:config to get this done.

The first thing you will want to do is type about:config into your location bar, and then press the Enter button.  If you get a warning, go ahead and click the I’ll be careful, I promise! button next.

Now, in the search box at the top – type in browser.newtab.url. Double-click the browser.newtab.url preference and change the url from about:newtab to about:blank. Alternately, you can change it to about:home for the Firefox Google home page, or type in your preferred home page

Click OK and close the about:config tab. 

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2 Responses to Disable the New Tab Page

  1. mikolajl Jan/16 at 8:13 am #

    There is an easier way, at least in Firefox 17.
    When you open a new tab, in the top right corner is a little icon with 9 squares in a 3×3 grid. Upon clicking the browser.newtabpage.enabled property is toggled (in the background) and the new tab will be blank.

    • Mitch Jan/17 at 7:34 am #

      Good point, yes you could do it that way too.