Choose What is Shown in New Tabs and Homepage in Firefox

When you open a new tab, new window or when you click on the Home button to browse to the home page,  Firefox browser displays the Firefox Home which is a specially designed page containing your recently visited websites, most recent downloads, pages saved to Pocket, tiles of top sites (sites that you visit more often), web search box, news from Mozilla and more.

Earlier, if you did not want to see Firefox Home when you opened new tab or new window or the homepage, then you had to make changes in the about:config settings. But now in the newer version of Firefox, version 61, Mozilla has made it very easy to configure what is displayed in the homepage or new tab page etc:

  1. Launch Firefox web browser and click on the menu icon near the top-right corner of the window.
  2. Select Options from the menu.
  3. In the Options window, select Home from the categories from the left side.
  4. From under the New Windows and Tabs, you can select the options for what should be displayed when you open new windows, and new tabs. You can choose from custom URLs, Firefox Home, and blank page.Firefox Homepage Options
  5. If you choose Firefox Home, then you can customize it from the options given under the Firefox Home Content section. For example, you can enable or disable Web Search, Top Sites (sites you visit more often), Highlights (your recent activities) and Snippets (news and updates from Mozilla).

By making these options available from an easy to use interface, Mozilla has made it very convenient for you to decide what you want to see in your Firefox web browser as soon as you launch it (home page) or when you open a new tab or when you open a new window from an already running instance of Firefox browser.