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Post Posted December 12th, 2017, 10:53 am

1st. This question is for my portable version (latest) of Firefox. I'm playing with it in order to see if I want to upgrade to the latest installed version in the future.

So, I've been searching in this section for the setting in about:config so that if I click on the plus-sign the new tab presents itself as a blank page. In prior version (old ones) a single setting in about:config allowed a user to enter about:blank in a single setting-value. I get too many answers that don't hit on my problem when I do a search of the forum.

That setting was ... browser.newtab.url and if set to about:blank it worked... simple!!!

No such setting in 57 and I reviewed all the ones that looked like they might have control over that setting... no luck.

So, asking any of you 'smart =D> ' users for this mysterious answer.

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Post Posted December 12th, 2017, 11:03 am

open a new tab...click on the gear...disable everything.

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Post Posted December 12th, 2017, 12:30 pm

8-bit wrote:open a new tab...click on the gear...disable everything.

In version 57 and in Options/General... I have Home page as about:blank and for When Firefox starts... I have Show a blank page and that works. That's it... what am I missing.

In prior versions of FF that about:config setting was in there to handle that option but it no longer exists in 57.
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Post Posted December 12th, 2017, 1:00 pm

You could try, https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... -override/?
I haven't looked at it, so don't know if "blank" is "blank" or just a page that shows nothing (aka the bogus about:newtab).
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Post Posted December 12th, 2017, 1:01 pm

Try this: https://www.askvg.com/firefox-tip-resto ... a-firefox/ (in the third screenshot there's the option to show a blank page after you reinstate tbe classic look).

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Post Posted December 12th, 2017, 4:41 pm

If you want to do it without an add-on, see the following post. Just use about:blank instead of file:///…
:arrow: viewtopic.php?p=14779849#p14779849
dfoulkes wrote:browser.newtab.url

Bug 1118285 removed that in Firefox 41, which was released September 22nd, 2015. So how did you handle the situation since then?
dfoulkes wrote:I have Home page as about:blank and for When Firefox starts... I have Show a blank page and that works. That's it... what am I missing.

Your homepage is what shows when you start the browser (by default), open a new window, or click the Home button. The new tab page is what shows when you open a new tab.

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Post Posted December 13th, 2017, 11:16 am

That about:config record was still in my version 52 (not the ESR version) and I backed up that profile prior to installing ESR here... JIC. Anyway, it is still in here and works fine...and it was working fine in the 'normal' Firefox 52...
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Post Posted December 13th, 2017, 11:24 am

You're talking about, browser.newtab.url ?
And you have that set to about:blank in Prefs?
And you're running FF 52 ESR?

And if you restart FF in Safe Mode, opening a new tab still opens about:blank?

I don't see where browser.newtab.url is having any effect in FF 52.
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Post Posted December 13th, 2017, 11:34 am

therube wrote:You're talking about, browser.newtab.url ?
And you have that set to about:blank in Prefs?
And you're running FF 52 ESR?

And if you restart FF in Safe Mode, opening a new tab still opens blank?

Correct... 52ESR... I just restarted my Test profile in safe-mode and clicked on the plus sign and a new Blank tab opened up. But now I'm starting to wonder because just to double check I opened up about:config in that Test profile and entered browser.newtab.url and I ain't got one... strange, now I need to look around in here...very strange. Not sure where else to look.... css/js stuff? ... don't remember, been too long for this old brain. :-"

I think I'll create another profile and test... just to see what happens.
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Post Posted December 13th, 2017, 3:19 pm

therube wrote:You could try, https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... -override/?
I haven't looked at it, so don't know if "blank" is "blank" or just a page that shows nothing (aka the bogus about:newtab).

When set to 'empty page' it opens a blank tab, entitled 'New Tab', with 'Search or enter address' in the address box.

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