If you would like to change the way Firefox handles new browser tabs, this guide will teach you how to do so. Here are the instructions on how to edit the New Tab
settings in Firefox.
Customize Tab Settings on Firefox
Open a new tab and click on the Cog
icon to display the New Tab Controls
. You can choose between Show your top sites
and Show blank page
Show Your Top Sites
Firefox will display the websites you visit the most in the New Tab Page
. You can rearrange tabs around or pin your favorite websites to the New Tab Page
for easier access.
Furthermore, you can get relevant suggestions and discover new websites by ticking the Include suggested sites
You can change the maximum number of websites displayed in New Tab Page
by editing the browser.newtabpage.rows
(max number of tiles per row) and browser.newtabpage.columns
(max number of tiles per column) attributes in your Firefox preferences (about:config
Show Blank Page
Choosing the Show Blank Page
option will simply display a new blank page upon opening a new tab.
Alternatively, if you'd like to open new tabs to a specific URL (i.e. Google.com), you can learn how to enable these page settings in our article entitled Open New Tabs with a Specific URL
Customize Firefox's Default Tab Settings
Click on the Menu
button > Options
Go to General
. Here, you'll find all the options related to tab management in Firefox:
Enabling the Open new windows in a new tab instead
option will open any ads, pop-ups, or links in a new tab instead of a new browser window.
The Don't load tabs until selected
option will stop a page from loading until a user clicks on that specific tab. For more information regarding this option, please read our tip Don't Load Tabs Until Selected
When enabled, the When I open a link in a new tab, switch to it immediately
option will bring any new tabs to the front of your screen automatically (set the new tab as the active
Finally, activating the Show tab previews in the Windows taskbar
option will display the thumbnails of your opened tabs when you hover your mouse cursor over the Firefox icon (taskbar).