How to modify New Tab page behavior on your browser

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.

Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox

Internet Explorer

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".

Notice*: In the latest versions of IE press the "Gear" icon image_thumb18 on the top right.


2. In General tab, click on Settings button at the Tabs section.

new tab-settings

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.

Google Chrome

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 image 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. to be opened when you press New Tab.


6. Close Chrome settings and continue working with your browser.

Mozilla Firefox

How to change the default New Tab behavior in Mozilla Firefox

1: Open Firefox and in the address bar type: about:config

about config firefox

2.  Click on “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button to continue.

about:config firefox

3. On search box type: newtab

about.config newtab

4.  Double click to open “browser.newtab.url” entry

5. Change the string value to your preferred webpage (e.g. and click “OK value

6. Restart Firefox for changes take effect.

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