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I use the Super Start add-on with Firefox (it's a "speed dial" and organizer for URLs). I have it set as the home page and the default content for new tabs. Since Firefox was updated to version 41.0, this new-tab setting has been ignored. New tabs now display Firefox's own feature, with tiles for frequently used URLs.

I've found instructions online for specifying a URL as the new-tab default (in about:config). However, Super Start isn't a URL. It has its own setup, which includes an option to use it for new tabs:

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This has worked for previous versions of Firefox. However, this setting is now ignored. (Super Start still works if you open it via its toolbar icon).

How can I manually configure Firefox 41 to use an add-on, like Super Start, as the default display for new tabs?

  • (FYI -- browsers and browser extensions are not on-topic on web apps.) – fixer1234 Oct 11 '15 at 19:19
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According to the Mozilla Support Forum:

Firefox 41 no longer uses the browser.newtab.url setting in about:config because it was constantly attacked by malware. Starting in Firefox 41, you need an add-on to change the new tab page.

There are several questions about this on Mozilla's forum and many solutions. I'll post several of the solutions here.

  • If you already use the Classic Theme Restorer extension: There is an option in its extensive settings dialogs to select a different new tab page.

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Please only use one of these methods at a time, otherwise there may be conflicts and dysfunctionality.


If you use the New Tab Override add-on (third bullet, above), you need to set it up.
(the following instructions apply only to that add-on):

After installing this extension, you need to use its Options page to set the desired new tab page (instead of using about:config).

Open the Add-ons page using either:

  • Ctrl+Shift+a (Mac: Cmd+Shift+a)
  • "3-bar" menu button (or Tools menu) > Add-ons
  • Or from the menu: Tools | Add-ons

In the left column, click Extensions. Then on the right side, find New Tab Override and click its Options button.

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Depending on the height of your screen, you may need to scroll down to enter the desired address into the form.

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For example:

  • Page thumbnails (default) => about:newtab
  • Blank tab => about:blank
  • Built-in Firefox home page => about:home
  • Any other page => full URL to the page

Then tab or click away from that form field and you can test using Ctrl+t.

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