Last updated on September 28th, 2013
Changing the default "New Tab" behavior on your internet browser helps you avoid other users to accidentally view your most visited websites. Also, this feature delays the load speed of your browser when you press the New Tab button. The New Tab feature exists today in most popular browsers e.g. Internet explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.. to help users quickly open their most visited sites with just one click.
If you would like to change the default New Tab action, then follow the following guide.
Screenshot example after you have pressed New Tab page in Internet explorer:
How to change the default New Tab behavior in your browser.
How to change the default New Tab behavior in Internet Explorer
1. Open Internet Explorer and then open "Internet Options".
To do this from IE's file menu, choose "Tools" > "Internet Options".
2. In General tab, click on Settings button at the Tabs section.
3. Click on the Drop down arrow under “When a new tab is opened, open:” settings to specify your preferred new tab behavior and then press ‘OK” twice to close Internet options.
4. Continue working with your browser.
How to change the default New Tab behavior in Google Chrome
Step 1. Go to Google Web store and Download and Install Custom New Tab extension.
By default after “Custom New Tab” extension installation, when you press new tab page inside your chrome browser, it opens to a blank page.
If you want to specify your own preferred webpage then continue to next step.
Step 2. After Custom New Tab extension installation, go to chrome menu and choose "Settings".
3. Choose "Extensions" on the left.
4. At the "Extensions" pane, choose “Options” under “Custom new tab” extension.
5. In URL box type the FULL URL PATH of webpage (e.g. http://www.google.com) to be opened when you press New Tab.
6. Close Chrome settings and continue working with your browser.
How to change the default New Tab behavior in Mozilla Firefox
1: Open Firefox and in the address bar type: about:config
2. Click on “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button to continue.
3. On search box type: newtab
4. Double click to open “browser.newtab.url” entry
5. Change the string value to your preferred webpage (e.g. www.google.com) and click “OK”
6. Restart Firefox for changes take effect.