How to Have the New Tab Open a Specific Website Automatically in Chrome and Firefox

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With the changing times we sometimes fail to notice small changes around us. If you remember the good old versions of our favorite browsers, be it Chrome, Firefox or IE, opening a new tab  in them either opened a blank page or a specific website automatically. Today these browsers have emerged with a full-fledged new tab page that contains links to our most viewed pages along with their thumbnails and what not.

Though this full-featured new tab is useful, many of us might miss the simplicity of getting a frequently visited site like Google on the new tab. And unfortunately, reverting back to that setting is not a straight-forward process in the latest version of most browsers.

If you are using Chrome or Firefox as your default browser you can follow these steps to open a specific website automatically whenever you open a new tab. For IE 8 users, we covered it in an article here.

For Chrome Users

Step 1: Download and install Replace New Tab Page from Chrome Web Store. It’s a nifty plugin that easily replaces your new tab page with a specific website.

Step 2: Once the add-on is installed successfully it’s now time to configure it. Open Chrome extension manager by clicking the wrench button and selecting extensions located under Tools. You can also type chrome://extensions/ on the address bar to get the same.


Step 3: Hunt for the add-on Replace New Tab Page in the list and click on options.

Replace New Tab page addon option

Step 4: When you are on Replace New Tab Page Options page enter URL of any webpage that you would like to open instead of default new tab page in the provided box and click save.

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New Tab options

From now on whenever you open a new tab in your browser the designated webpage will open automatically.

Note: If you save the option with an empty URL box you will get the same page every time you click on new tab. If at all you want to go back to your old new tab page, just disable or uninstall the plugin from the extension manager.

For Firefox Users

Step 1: For Firefox too you need an add-on to do the trick. Download and install NewTabURL by clicking the Add to Firefox button on the plugin page.

Step 2: Once you restart your browser after installing the add-on, navigate to extensions manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+A anywhere on Firefox. Look for NewTabURL add-on in the list and click Options button.

NewTabURL Option

Step 3: On the options window you can select a blank page, the home page or a user defined URL to open whenever you open a new tab in Firefox. You can also open an URL from the clipboard.

NewTabURL configuration

To test if the plugin works or not, open a new tab and check. If the new tab opens the specified webpage it means the plugin is working perfectly fine. To get your old new tab page back disable or uninstall the add-on.

You can now use this trick to open your preferred search engine, your favorite social networking websites or any other site you use the most. You may also combine this trick with a startpage of your choice.

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  • Mm

    This can be done easily for Firefox.
    Just install the ”’FEATURED ”’addon My Homepage

    you can get it here:

    Hope this helps.

  • Alex_09

    Thank you very much…..GREAT HELP ! 😀

  • Matt Carroll


  • Vass_rulz_4_ever

    Thx so much solved my problem, some stupid site used to pop up now back to normal

  • Craig

    You dont actually need to use an addon with the newer version of Firefox you can change it in the config settings

    • Zeko

      thank you very much..your comment is very useful

  • Bob

    Doesn’t totally 100 percent work. In Chrome I configure it to open Instead it opens Note the “s” in https. This totally screws me up when I just desire to alter the url and I forget that I have to remove the “s” in probably 80 percent of the sites I want to manually type into the browser.

    • Terion

      That’s not from the browser; that’s because the Google website automatically redirects you to the secure https address — because it has a sign in on that page, you want to be secure before you start putting in account information. You would need Google to have a search page without a sign in, and I don’t think they’re about to do that.

  • Bslo

    Thanks for this. I was about to leave chrome because of the new tab thing

  • Mary Ann Edson-Plumb

    Using Firefox 14.01, the add-on did not work at all. The other solutions suggested all go to a page. I’d like the blank page back.

  • johnny

    hey does anyone know how to customise a tab page by url?

  • abuzar

    I’m very thankful to guidingtech group for making a very helpful website.this website makes our life in easy way

  • satya


  • Jimm

    yay thanks!

  • Babz Rahman

    Thanks a million!

  • Jason


  • MarkF

    Put the ____’ing DATE on articles that are going to be obsolete in six months!!

    • eaglesgift

      Exactly – 2 years after your comment and 3 years after this article was written and I’m wasting my time reading it. I hate people that publish articles online without a date. I also hate Google for having such a pathetic search algorithm that it places 3-year-old tech posts at the top of the results.

  • Aleks Sitar

    thank you! :) rescued google chrome…this new tab made me very very nervous on my laptop..

  • deja

    Thank you, it was driving me crazy that the latest version of Chrome would not let me do this automatically. But I find it annoying that you should have to add an extension to do this.

  • Cgem

    thx Ashish, visited many sites to do this, all were confusing or did not work. Yours worked the very 1st time.

  • Sharon


  • Stephania

    You are my new BFF, Ashish – thank you!!! :-)

  • Joe Johnston

    Thanks. You da man. Now to get rid of that stupid apps link in my bookmarks bar.

    • Jon Fisher

      Hey Joe, just right-click the “Apps” shortcut and uncheck the option that’s called “Show apps shortcut”. That’s it!

      • Joe Johnston

        DUDE!! Score! I’m officially happy with chrome again!! Thanks so much.

  • Zsa Zsa

    Wonderful! I will henceforth search for your name whenever I encounter new computer-related problems because your clear, concise, and well-written explanation is just the ticket! Thanks a million!

  • optimistical

    Awesome …thank you Ashish!!!

  • ShadowWolfRizing

    clicked on link for the chrome extension but naturally it doesn’t work, app opens up fine, however, when i put in a web adress i just get “this webpage is not found”. Don’t know what’s going on but I’m pretty sure GOOGLE STILL EXISTS. anyway, just thought you should know to avoid it. as for me, I’m switching to firefox