Show Home Page in New Tab

Reader Svend Tofte asked if it was possible to set new tabs to open to the homepage instead of the default blank page.

I think Multizilla addon has this as a UI preference. But Multizilla has a lot of other stuff and it takes a little getting used to. If you just want to make the simple change, the following are directions I found from digging around Bug 109551 - prefs to show home/current/blank page in new tab. I modified the instructions in this comment in case you're not familiar with jar files.

  1. Close mozilla. Don't forget quicklaunch.
  2. Backup \Mozilla\chrome\comm.jar
  3. Rename comm.jar to Remember, a .jar file is just a zip file.
  4. Unzip this file to a new directory
  5. Open the file content/navigator/navigator.js
  6. In the function BrowserOpenTab() (approx. line 1000), add the following line after the setTimeout line:


  7. Zip up entire content dir, and name zip back to comm.jar, and place it back in the \Mozilla\chrome\ dir.
  8. Restart Mozilla and try opening a new tab. It should now show your homepage.
» posted by pinder on December 10, 2002 at 03:18 PM


Piro's Tabbed Browsing Extension offers this too

# posted by CatamountJack

Go to here to get the nifty little add-on to the tab bar mentioned in the above note. It will allow it to open new tabs to the homepage. It also does a load of other stuff. I downloaded it to allow my bookmarks on the personal toolbar to be opened in tabs using middle-click... It works like a charm for me. I use Moz 1.2.1 on a WinXP sys.

# posted by John

amazing, thanks :)

# posted by Svend Tofte

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