How to get a new tab to load home page?

Discussion in 'Firefox' started by W. D., Aug 14, 2005.

  1. W. D.

    W. D. Guest

    Hi,

    This took a while to figure out, so I'd like to make
    it easier for others:

    Apparently, if you want a brand new tab to load your
    home page in FireFox--you are out of luck using
    FireFox's "native" functionality. You need to add
    an "extension" (not "extention").

    Mozilla had this functionality at some point:

    ===============================================================
    Look for "browser.tabs.loadOnNewTab" at:

    http://preferential.mozdev.org/preferences.html

    and you will see:

    What should be displayed in a newly created tab

    * -1 : Browser startup page
    * 0 : Blank page
    * 1 : Your homepage
    * 2 : Last visited page

    Supposedly, if you were to type in:

    about:config

    in FireFox, the configuration file would
    show up and you could type in:

    browser.tabs.loadOnNewTab

    and that setting will show up. Then,
    supposedly, right click, "Modify".

    Don't even try it. It doesn't work!

    More scattered info here:
    https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=269664

    ===============================================================

    Back to how to get it to actually work...

    In order to get a newly opened tab to load your homepage,
    you need to employ an extension.

    The extension that allows you to do this is called:

    Tabbrowser Preferences

    Info on extensions:
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/?application=firefox
    https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=158&application=firefox
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Info on Tabbrowser Preferences:
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    http://216.55.161.203/theonekea/tabprefs/
    http://216.55.161.203/theonekea/
    http://www.intraplanar.net/projects/tabprefs
    http://www.google.com/search?q=Tabbrowser Preferences
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    To load "Tabbrowser Preferences", you will need to allow your
    browser to allow Web sites to install software. Normally,
    this should be TURNED OFF for security. To temporarily turn
    it on, mouse to:

    Tools -> Options -> Web Features

    Click on "Allow Web sites to install software" to enable
    this ability. Click on OK.

    Now browse to this page:

    https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=158&application=firefox

    Go down the page a bit and click on:

    "Install Now"

    A window shows up, displaying the URL:

    <http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/extensions/tabbrowser_preferences/tabbrowser_preferences-1.2.7.1-fx.xpi>

    and an "Install Now" button. Click on the button.

    The Extensions window shows up, downloads the Tabbrowser Preferences
    extension, and shows up in the window.

    Close the Extensions window once it has installed.

    Immediately go to Tools -> Options -> Web Features

    Click on "Allow Web sites to install software" to DISABLE
    this ability. The checkbox should be UNCHECKED. Click on OK.

    You have now loaded the Tabbrowser Preferences extension. However,
    you will need to close FireFox in order for it to work since
    this extension loads on startup.

    Shut down FireFox, restart, then mouse to:

    Tools -> Options -> Tabbed Browsing


    Look in the window for:

    [-] Load the following in new tabs

    If it has a [+] sign on the left, click on it and you will see:

    Browser's home page (in newly created tabs)


    Check this check box. You will probably want to
    check the radio button:

    (*) Load this in the foreground


    If you already have a "New Tab" button on one of
    your toolbars, then you might want to disable the one
    that Tabbrowser Preferences creates. To do so, mouse
    down to:

    Show the new tab button on the tab bar (requires restart)

    Uncheck the check box. Click OK.

    Now to get everything working, close out FireFox, then
    start it up again. When you open up a new tab by
    clicking on the "New Tab" button or using the keyboard
    shortcut of "Ctrl-T", your home page should show up
    in the new tab window.
    W. D., Aug 14, 2005
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  2. W. D.

    Old Gringo Guest

    W. D. wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > This took a while to figure out, so I'd like to make
    > it easier for others:
    >
    > Apparently, if you want a brand new tab to load your
    > home page in FireFox--you are out of luck using
    > FireFox's "native" functionality. You need to add
    > an "extension" (not "extention").
    >
    > Mozilla had this functionality at some point:
    >
    > ===============================================================
    > Look for "browser.tabs.loadOnNewTab" at:
    >
    > http://preferential.mozdev.org/preferences.html
    >
    > and you will see:
    >
    > What should be displayed in a newly created tab
    >
    > * -1 : Browser startup page
    > * 0 : Blank page
    > * 1 : Your homepage
    > * 2 : Last visited page
    >
    > Supposedly, if you were to type in:
    >
    > about:config
    >
    > in FireFox, the configuration file would
    > show up and you could type in:
    >
    > browser.tabs.loadOnNewTab
    >
    > and that setting will show up. Then,
    > supposedly, right click, "Modify".
    >
    > Don't even try it. It doesn't work!
    >
    > More scattered info here:
    > https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=269664
    >
    > ===============================================================
    >
    > Back to how to get it to actually work...
    >
    > In order to get a newly opened tab to load your homepage,
    > you need to employ an extension.
    >
    > The extension that allows you to do this is called:
    >
    > Tabbrowser Preferences
    >
    > Info on extensions:
    > -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/?application=firefox
    > https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=158&application=firefox
    > -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >
    > Info on Tabbrowser Preferences:
    > -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > http://216.55.161.203/theonekea/tabprefs/
    > http://216.55.161.203/theonekea/
    > http://www.intraplanar.net/projects/tabprefs
    > http://www.google.com/search?q=Tabbrowser Preferences
    > -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >
    > To load "Tabbrowser Preferences", you will need to allow your
    > browser to allow Web sites to install software. Normally,
    > this should be TURNED OFF for security. To temporarily turn
    > it on, mouse to:
    >
    > Tools -> Options -> Web Features
    >
    > Click on "Allow Web sites to install software" to enable
    > this ability. Click on OK.
    >
    > Now browse to this page:
    >
    > https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=158&application=firefox
    >
    > Go down the page a bit and click on:
    >
    > "Install Now"
    >
    > A window shows up, displaying the URL:
    >
    > <http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/extensions/tabbrowser_preferences/tabbrowser_preferences-1.2.7.1-fx.xpi>
    >
    > and an "Install Now" button. Click on the button.
    >
    > The Extensions window shows up, downloads the Tabbrowser Preferences
    > extension, and shows up in the window.
    >
    > Close the Extensions window once it has installed.
    >
    > Immediately go to Tools -> Options -> Web Features
    >
    > Click on "Allow Web sites to install software" to DISABLE
    > this ability. The checkbox should be UNCHECKED. Click on OK.
    >
    > You have now loaded the Tabbrowser Preferences extension. However,
    > you will need to close FireFox in order for it to work since
    > this extension loads on startup.
    >
    > Shut down FireFox, restart, then mouse to:
    >
    > Tools -> Options -> Tabbed Browsing
    >
    >
    > Look in the window for:
    >
    > [-] Load the following in new tabs
    >
    > If it has a [+] sign on the left, click on it and you will see:
    >
    > Browser's home page (in newly created tabs)
    >
    >
    > Check this check box. You will probably want to
    > check the radio button:
    >
    > (*) Load this in the foreground
    >
    >
    > If you already have a "New Tab" button on one of
    > your toolbars, then you might want to disable the one
    > that Tabbrowser Preferences creates. To do so, mouse
    > down to:
    >
    > Show the new tab button on the tab bar (requires restart)
    >
    > Uncheck the check box. Click OK.
    >
    > Now to get everything working, close out FireFox, then
    > start it up again. When you open up a new tab by
    > clicking on the "New Tab" button or using the keyboard
    > shortcut of "Ctrl-T", your home page should show up
    > in the new tab window.

    All I do is click the new Tab button on the toolbar and then click
    the homepage button. But have never found a need to do that.

    --
    Old Gringo George
    Magic Weaver Of Life
    Enjoy Life And Live It To Its Fullest
    Freedom For The World <http://www.nuboy-Industries.com>
    Old Gringo, Aug 14, 2005
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  3. W. D.

    Jedi Fans Guest

    Old Gringo wrote:
    > All I do is click the new Tab button on the toolbar and then click the
    > homepage button. But have never found a need to do that.


    or you middle click the homepage button... lol

    --
    Hope This Helped and MTFBWY...
    Kieren aka JediFans - <URL:http://jedifans.com/>
    The Force Is With Me, SuSE Linux Professional 9.3, Mozilla Firefox
    1.0.6, Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 Alpha 2 and Revenge Of The Sith!
    Jedi Fans, Aug 14, 2005
    #3
  4. W. D.

    Old Gringo Guest

    Jedi Fans wrote:
    > Old Gringo wrote:
    >
    >> All I do is click the new Tab button on the toolbar and then click the
    >> homepage button. But have never found a need to do that.

    >
    >
    > or you middle click the homepage button... lol
    >

    :) My middle click does a auto scroll. New tab or old. I am still
    running os and mouse from the 90s. <g>

    --
    Old Gringo George
    Magic Weaver Of Life
    Enjoy Life And Live It To Its Fullest
    Freedom For The World <http://www.nuboy-Industries.com>
    Old Gringo, Aug 15, 2005
    #4
  5. W. D.

    Jedi Fans Guest

    Old Gringo wrote:
    > Jedi Fans wrote:
    >> Old Gringo wrote:
    >>
    >>> All I do is click the new Tab button on the toolbar and then click
    >>> the homepage button. But have never found a need to do that.

    >>
    >>
    >> or you middle click the homepage button... lol
    >>

    > :) My middle click does a auto scroll. New tab or old. I am still
    > running os and mouse from the 90s. <g>
    >

    well linux is there if ya want it... free, open source, this year.
    constant development [list goes on :p]

    --
    Hope This Helped and MTFBWY...
    Kieren aka JediFans - <URL:http://jedifans.com/>
    The Force Is With Me, SuSE Linux Professional 9.3, Mozilla Firefox
    1.0.6, Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 Alpha 2 and Revenge Of The Sith!
    Jedi Fans, Aug 15, 2005
    #5
  6. W. D.

    Old Gringo Guest

    Jedi Fans wrote:
    > Old Gringo wrote:
    >
    >> Jedi Fans wrote:
    >>
    >>> Old Gringo wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> All I do is click the new Tab button on the toolbar and then click
    >>>> the homepage button. But have never found a need to do that.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> or you middle click the homepage button... lol
    >>>

    >> :) My middle click does a auto scroll. New tab or old. I am still
    >> running os and mouse from the 90s. <g>
    >>

    > well linux is there if ya want it... free, open source, this year.
    > constant development [list goes on :p]
    >

    I do not have enough experience to take on Linux. Maybe one day I
    will give it a try. It has taken me 12 years to get use to the many
    versions of dos and Windows.

    --
    Old Gringo George
    Magic Weaver Of Life
    Enjoy Life And Live It To Its Fullest
    Freedom For The World <http://www.nuboy-Industries.com>
    Old Gringo, Aug 15, 2005
    #6
  7. W. D.

    Jedi Fans Guest

    Old Gringo wrote:
    > Jedi Fans wrote:
    >> Old Gringo wrote:
    >>
    >>> Jedi Fans wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> Old Gringo wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>> All I do is click the new Tab button on the toolbar and then click
    >>>>> the homepage button. But have never found a need to do that.
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> or you middle click the homepage button... lol
    >>>>
    >>> :) My middle click does a auto scroll. New tab or old. I am still
    >>> running os and mouse from the 90s. <g>
    >>>

    >> well linux is there if ya want it... free, open source, this year.
    >> constant development [list goes on :p]
    >>

    > I do not have enough experience to take on Linux. Maybe one day I will
    > give it a try. It has taken me 12 years to get use to the many versions
    > of dos and Windows.
    >

    i switched 2 or 3 months ago after trying a live cd of suse and knoppix
    n i am still learning but am competant now, and google is a great help
    for problems if there are any ;)

    --
    Hope This Helped and MTFBWY...
    Kieren aka JediFans - <URL:http://jedifans.com/>
    The Force Is With Me, SuSE Linux Professional 9.3, Mozilla Firefox
    1.0.6, Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 Alpha 2 and Revenge Of The Sith!
    Jedi Fans, Aug 15, 2005
    #7
  8. W. D.

    balinhansen

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    Jedi writes:

    ... that's all well and good unless you own a laptop. Seriously, I remember when there was something in the Options dialog where you could specify in "Tabs" that you wanted it to open to your homepage every time you open a new Tab. The only reason I can think of that would cause them to remove that functionality would be if Opera sued them ... or some such nonesense ...
    balinhansen, Sep 27, 2009
    #8
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    craiga24

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    craiga24, May 9, 2012
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