Skip to content

Disable ‘New Tab’ Page in Firefox 13

Today’s release of Firefox 13 brings with it more imposed functionality changes to the only version of the browser that we can use, because it is is the only one kept current with security updates*.

This time, it is a brand new, Google Chrome-style ’New Tab’ page. I’m sure it is great for lots of people, but personally, I prefer a blank home page and a blank page when I open a new tab.

To restore the old behaviour, and have a blank new tab, browse to about:config. Accept the warning, then search for newtab. Do not change newtabpage.enabled.

Instead, double-click browser.newtab.url and set it to about:blank.

Disable 'New Tab' Page in Firefox 13

There, that’s how I prefer it again!

* UPDATE: A slight correction — there is a version of Firefox 10.x called Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) that is kept up-to-date, so that is also an option!

Like this post?

If you would like to support the time and effort I have put into my tutorials and writing, please consider making a donation.


  1. Fog wrote:

    THANK YOU!!! I hate it when app developers think that they know what I want…which is actually what THEY think is cool.

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 00:31 | Permalink |
  2. aCA78 wrote:

    THANK YOU!!!
    THANK YOU!!!
    THANK YOU!!!

    Great !!!!

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 08:48 | Permalink |
  3. Ne1 wrote:

    Thank you! I hope they add an option to set new tab behavior.

    Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 02:08 | Permalink |

Post a Comment

On some sites, you must be logged in to post a comment. This is not the case on this site.
Your email address is not made public or shared. Required fields are marked with *.

Posting a comment signifies you accept the privacy policy.
Please note — your comment will not appear straight away, as all comments are held for approval.