Why does every tab in Firefox show as a new tab?

Srinivas N October 31, 2012

I have updated Firefox to the latest version but after the update every page now shows the “New Tab” page. My other browsers are working normal as ever, so what’s going on?

  1. Patrick Jackson
    November 2, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Reinstall the browser if the same thing happens even after you enter a url in the tabs.

  2. Srinivas N
    November 1, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Sorry for my poor judgement of title. My question is whatever url i type in the adress bar it simply shows new Tab (it doesnot load any pages)no matter i tried opening a folder of bookmarks or clicking bookmarks on bookmarks toolbar..I hope this makes question much clear..

    • Alan Wade
      November 1, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Two things to try:
      First, start Firefox in safe mode (with no addons running) and see if a webpage loads.
      Second, create a new profile and then using that profile see if a webpage loads.
      Post back the results so that we can wind this one up.

      • Srinivas N
        November 3, 2012 at 6:06 pm

        I have reinstalled Firefox and restarted computer and problem has been solved..i should have tried your solution creating new profile might have worked..Thanx for the answer Alan Wade

  3. Naveen Kumar
    November 1, 2012 at 3:59 am

    go to tab and you can uncheck if you don't want to.

  4. Harish Jonnalagadda
    October 31, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Just uncheck the New Tab from the menu and it should load new links in the same tab

  5. Alan Wade
    October 31, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    If you are referring to when you open a new tab it defaults to 'New Tab' page then open 'about:config' and search for this variable: browser.newtab.url
    Double click on it and set the value to what ever your homepage is.
    All new tabs will open on that page from now on.

    If its not what you mean then explain your problem a little better so that we can understand it and help you.

  6. josemon maliakal
    October 31, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    this feature is little confusing

  7. Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    This is not a problem. But if you want to remove it then right click on the blank space in new tab page and select the hide option.

  8. Vipul Jain
    October 31, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    What's normal for you, if not new tab?

  9. Charles Yost
    October 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    It also sounds like a settings to me. I would follow the suggestions below and if that does not solve your problem, I would just do a fresh install and make sure you are using the correct software install for your system.

  10. Vishal Mishra
    October 31, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    1. Un-install the current version
    2. Use ccleaner to wipe temporary files.
    3. Install the latest version again.

    and then it should work fine.If problem persists, install previous version.

  11. Ahmed Khalil
    October 31, 2012 at 11:13 am

    it is setting option
    do the following
    Options /Tabs and uncheck Open new windows in a new tab instead

  12. Adrian Rea
    October 31, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Reading this again, Are you saying that every new page shows the new tab page rather than your homepage? If yes then you need to go into preferences and set the homepage.

  13. Norbert Gruszfeld
    October 31, 2012 at 9:31 am

    are U using a ctrl+left mous click or right mouse click--> open in a new tab ?

  14. Nikhil Chandak
    October 31, 2012 at 7:23 am
  15. Jim Chambers
    October 31, 2012 at 3:45 am

    Goto Options /Tabs and uncheck Open new windows in a new tab instead

  16. Jim Chambers
    October 31, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Goto Options /Tabs and uncheck

  17. Adrian Rea
    October 31, 2012 at 1:35 am

    consider a fresh install?

  18. Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 1:09 am

    By design, the New Tab page is shown when you open a new tab in Firefox unless you are opening a link in a new tab in which case the page pointed to by the URI will be opened in the new tab instead.

    • Douglas Mutay
      October 31, 2012 at 9:02 am

      This is obvious. What else to expect when you open a new page?

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        October 31, 2012 at 2:03 pm

        I can't say anything else. Isn't it normal for whatever version of Firefox you're using?

        Except she meant clicking on any URL returns blank page (new tab) instead of opening it in the new tab.

        • Douglas Mutay
          October 31, 2012 at 2:12 pm

          Yes, she needs to provide more info on her issue.

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