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Customize Mozilla Firefox Start Page [Five Ways]

Changing your home page (start page) on your Mozilla Firefox Internet browser lets you customize your browsing experience. Whether you want a no-nonsense history page or the latest issue of The Onion, it’s usually quick and easy to select a new page. If your changes are not going through, follow the troubleshooting section below to hunt for malware.

Method 1 of 4:Drag and Drop (Computer)</h3>

  1. v4-460px-Change-your-Start-Page-on-Mozilla-Firefox-Step-1-Version-5.jpg1Open Firefox. Double-click the Firefox icon on your desktop to open it.
  2. v4-460px-Change-your-Start-Page-on-Mozilla-Firefox-Step-2-Version-5.jpg2Open the desired home page. Open a new tab and visit the page you’d like to see on startup.
  3. v4-460px-Change-your-Start-Page-on-Mozilla-Firefox-Step-3-Version-5.jpg3Drag the tab to the home icon. Click and hold the tab for the desired home page. Drag this to the home icon, which looks like a house.[1]
    • The tab is at the top of the Firefox window, with the page icon and title displayed on it.
    • The home icon is usually below or to the right of the address bar. If you do not see it, right-click (control-click on Mac) the blank space near any tab. Select Customize, then look for the home icon and drag it to any toolbar.
  4. v4-460px-Change-your-Start-Page-on-Mozilla-Firefox-Step-4-Version-4.jpg4Confirm the decision. Click Yes in the popup menu to change your home page.
    • If this method does not work, try the preferences menu method as described below.

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Method 2 of 4:Preferences Menu (Computer)</h3>

  1. v4-460px-Change-your-Start-Page-on-Mozilla-Firefox-Step-5-Version-5.jpg1Display the top menu bar. On some versions of Windows, the top menu bar is hidden by default. Display it with one of the following methods (you may need to try more than one):
    • Press Alt.
    • Press F10.
    • Right-click a blank space on the tab bar and select Menu Bar
  2. v4-460px-Change-your-Start-Page-on-Mozilla-Firefox-Step-6-Version-5.jpg2Select Firefox, then Preferences. Click the word Firefox from the top menu bar, then Preferences from the drop-down list. This should open Preferences in a new tab or a pop-up window.
    • Some versions of Firefox use the term Options instead.
  3. v4-460px-Change-your-Start-Page-on-Mozilla-Firefox-Step-7-Version-3.jpg3Set Firefox to display a home page when opened. Visit the Preferences tab and look for the words «When Firefox starts:» followed by a drop-down menu. Click this drop-down menu and select Show my home page.
    • If you do not see this option, click the General tab.
  4. v4-460px-Change-your-Start-Page-on-Mozilla-Firefox-Step-8-Version-2.jpg4Change your home page. Just below the «When Firefox starts:» menu, look for the words «Home page:» followed by a blank space. There are several ways to set your home page here:
    • Type the URL of your desired home page into the blank space. If you want multiple pages to open when you start Firefox, separate multiple URLs with the pipe symbol: |.
    • Click Use Current Pages to make all of your currently open tabs appear when you start Firefox.
    • Click Use Bookmark… to select one of your saved bookmarks as the home page.
    • Click Restore to Default to return to the default Mozilla start page.

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Method 3 of 4:Changing Start Pages on Android</h3>

  1. v4-460px-Change-your-Start-Page-on-Mozilla-Firefox-Step-9-Version-2.jpg1Visit the Firefox start page. On Android devices, the Firefox start page is actually a grid showing previews of your «top sites.» To view this start page, tap on the title bar, then Bookmarks, then Firefox Start.[2]
  2. v4-460px-Change-your-Start-Page-on-Mozilla-Firefox-Step-10-Version-2.jpg2Pin a site to your start page. On the start page, tap and hold on the site you want to add permanently. Select Pin site from the pop up menu to make it a permanent fixture of your start page.
  3. v4-460px-Change-your-Start-Page-on-Mozilla-Firefox-Step-11-Version-2.jpg3Add a new site to your start page. If you don’t see the site you want on the grid, tap and hold a square you are not interested in. This time, select Edit from the pop-up menu. Now you can enter a URL, or choose a site from your bookmarks or most visited sites.
  4. v4-460px-Change-your-Start-Page-on-Mozilla-Firefox-Step-12-Version-2.jpg4Quit the app at the end of each session. If you swipe out of the Firefox app, it will continue running in the background. If you want to see your pinned sites the next time you open the app, tap the menu icon and select Quit. Advertisement

Method 4 of 4:Removing Malware Home Pages (Computer)</h3>

  1. v4-460px-Change-your-Start-Page-on-Mozilla-Firefox-Step-13-Version-2.jpg1Reset Firefox. If your home page is set to an advertisement against your will, resetting Firefox is the simplest solution. Note that this will delete all your extensions and add-ons. Your bookmarks and saved password should remain.
  2. v4-460px-Change-your-Start-Page-on-Mozilla-Firefox-Step-14.jpg2Delete malicious add-ons. Unwanted add-ons can set your home page by force and prevent you changing it. If you don’t want to reset Firefox, here’s another way to deal with the problem:[3]
    • Click the menu button (three horizontal lines).
    • Select Add ons.
    • Click Remove next to any Add-on you do not recognize.
    • Restart Firefox.
  3. v4-460px-Change-your-Start-Page-on-Mozilla-Firefox-Step-15.jpg3Remove the Babylon home page. Babylon translation software can change your home page and other preferences without the ability to reverse them. Follow these steps to get rid of the software:[4]
    • Windows: Visit the Control Panel, then select uninstall a program. Click the Uninstall button next to the program «Babylon» and follow onscreen instructions. Repeat for Babylon Toolbar, Browser Manager, and Browser Protection if present. Now delete all Babylon-related add-ons from Firefox, as described above.
    • Mac: Find «Babylon» in your Applications folder. Drag it to your Trash, then select FinderEmpty Trash from the top menu. Delete Babylon add-ons from Firefox as described above.
  4. 4Change Firefox properties (Windows only). If your Firefox for Windows still takes you to a home page you didn’t choose, right-click on the Firefox icon on your desktop and click Properties. Look for the «Target» field in the Properties menu, and scroll to the end. If there’s a URL in this field, delete it and the quotation marks around it. Do not delete any other part of the Target field.[5]
    • If you use multiple Firefox shortcuts or task bar icons, you may need to repeat this for each of them.
    • To prevent this in future, always say «No» when a program asks to set your site preferences.
  5. 5Remove malware. If the problem persists, malware that’s infected your computer could be affecting Firefox. This cannot be removed within Firefox settings, but our detailed guide should help you handle the problem. Advertisement

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References

  1. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-to-set-the-home-page
  2. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/pin-sites-firefox-android-start-screen
  3. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/remove-toolbar-has-taken-over-your-firefox-search
  4. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/remove-babylon-toolbar-home-page-and-search-engine
  5. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/wrong-home-page-opens-when-i-start-firefox-how-fix

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If you’d rather not waste the time of typing in the address of your preferred website each time you open up Mozilla Firefox, you can change the start page. Firefox can be enabled to open to a specific Web page or pages, such as those of your company’s website, or alternately to a blank page or the windows and tabs that were open the last time you closed the browser down. Changing the Firefox start page takes just a few quick steps in modifying the browser’s Options settings.

Single Web Page

1.

Click «Tools» on the Firefox Menu toolbar to open a drop-down box.

2.

Select «Options.» The Options dialog box opens.

3.

Select the «General» icon, which resembles a light switch, from the list of icons along the top of the dialog box.

4.

Click the drop-down arrow to the right of «When Firefox starts» in the Startup section.

5.

Select «Show my home page» to set a specific home page of your choosing.

6.

Type the URL for the Web page you want to use as your Firefox home page to the right of Home Page in the Startup section. If you select this option but don’t enter a URL, the default home page will be the Google search bar with the Firefox logo above it.

7.

Click «OK» to save your changes, which will be applied the next to you restart the Firefox Web browser.

Multiple Web Pages

1.

Create tabs in your Firefox Web browser for each site that you want to open automatically each time you start Firefox.

2.

Follow Steps 1 through 5 in the Single Web Page section to select «Show my home page.»

3.

Click «Use Current Pages» in the Startup section. The Web page with the multiple tabs you currently have displayed will open each time you open a new Firefox browser window.

4.

Click «OK» to save your changes, which will be applied the next to you restart the Firefox Web browser.

Blank Page

1.

Follow Steps 1 through 4 in the Single Web Page section to arrive at the drop-down menu to the right of «When Firefox starts.»

2.

Select «Show a blank page» if you want Firefox to open up to a blank page each time you open the Web browser.

3.

Click «OK» to save your changes, which will be applied the next time you restart the Firefox Web browser.

Previous Tabs and Windows

1.

Follow Steps 1 through 4 in the Single Web Page section to arrive at the drop-down menu to the right of «When Firefox starts.»

2.

Select «Show my windows and tabs from last time» if you want all windows and tabs that were open the last time you closed the Web browser to be re-opened upon launching the browser.

3.

Click «OK» to save your changes, which will be applied the next to you restart the Firefox Web browser.

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Cliffton, Tyson. «How to Create a Mozilla Firefox Start Page.» Small Business — Chron.com, http://smallbusiness.chron.com/create-mozilla-firefox-start-45516.html. Accessed 24 January 2020. Cliffton, Tyson. (n.d.). How to Create a Mozilla Firefox Start Page. Small Business — Chron.com. Retrieved from http://smallbusiness.chron.com/create-mozilla-firefox-start-45516.html Cliffton, Tyson. «How to Create a Mozilla Firefox Start Page» accessed January 24, 2020. http://smallbusiness.chron.com/create-mozilla-firefox-start-45516.html Note: Depending on which text editor you’re pasting into, you might have to add the italics to the site name. by Tricia Goss www and internet image by mbs from Fotolia.com

Mozilla Firefox is a free open-source Internet browser that you can use as an alternative to Internet Explorer or other web browsers. When you launch Mozilla Firefox, it opens to the default home page, which is the «Firefox Start» page with Google search. If you would rather the program open to a different default home page, you can change the settings to select a custom home page, multiple pages on different tabs or even a blank page.

Set a Single Start Page

Step 1

Launch Mozilla Firefox.

Step 2

Type in the web address of the site that you want to set as your start page in the address bar and press «Enter.»

Step 3

Click on the icon for the web page at the left end of the address bar.

Step 4

Hold the mouse button down and drag the icon to the «Home» icon on the Mozilla Firefox toolbar.

Click «Yes» when a prompt asks if you want to set this as your home page.

Set Multiple Start Pages

Step 1

Launch Firefox. Open as many tabs as you want to use for your start page by clicking the «Open a New Tab» button to the right of the original tab or use the keyboard shortcut «Ctrl+T.»

Step 2

Navigate to the web page you want to set for the first tab. Repeat for each tab so that the pages you want to use as start pages are all open in different tabs of the same Firefox window.

Step 3

Go to the «Tools» menu and select «Options.» Click «General» at the top of the «Options» dialog box.

Step 4

Click the «Use Current Pages» button under «When Firefox Starts.»

Click «OK» to save the changes and close the dialog box.

Display a Blank Page

Step 1

Launch Mozilla Firefox.

Step 2

Go to the «Tools» menu and select «Options.» Click «General» at the top of the «Options» dialog box.

Step 3

Click the drop-down arrow to the right of «When Firefox Starts.»

Step 4

Select «Show a Blank Page.»

Click «OK» to save your changes and close the dialog box.

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