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As of this morning I upgraded my Firefox to version 15.0. Or well, it did it for me. That's when my issue began.

I've configured Firefox so that when I open up a new tab via Ctrl-T that it loads the about:newtab page which was released in version 14.x(?). I use this functionality extensively. I visit a page from the about:newtab page, read it, press the back button and pick another frequent website from the display I want to visit.

However as of v15.0 the latter part is no longer functioning, after visiting a website from the about:newtab page the back button will not let me go back to the about:newtab page. Firefox acts as if that history entry was never there.

I've tried searching the release notes to see if this change was intentional or a reported bug, but I have not found anything related so far.

Is there anyway to (re)configure the new Firefox v15.0 to let me access the about:newtab page via a tab's history?


It appears that this only affects the initial 'visit' to the about:newtab page when opening a new tab, manually visiting about:newtab will register it as a history entry and allow it to be navigated to via the back and forward buttons.

So I guess this changes my question to 'How can I make Firefox 15.0 treat the inital page from a newtab as a history entry'.

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Don't worry, version 16 will be out next week and we'll probably be at v.30 by Christmas!!!! :) :) Any way, I would suggest uninstalling and moving back to v14 as it's so early there will be little support for a week or 2 (depending on how long you want to wait for). You may want to report this though for a quicker fix: – Dave Aug 30 '12 at 10:20
@Dave Reported the bug at bugzilla, Will see what they do with it. – Willem Aug 30 '12 at 10:46
+1. I just switched to FF from Chrome (because Google Chrome started to insult me), and find it annoying that I cannot back to about:newtab. – Andreas Rejbrand Sep 3 '14 at 21:51

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