This very short tutorial will show you how to change the Firefox 12.0 new tab homepage to something more useful. This only works in versions of Firefox 12.0 and after before doing this please update your version of Firefox.
Changing the new tab homepage from the blank white screen is a question that I am always asked about yet before the current version this was difficult to do without add-ons. When you press new tab in Firefox you are presented with a pretty useless blank page as your new tab homepage and most of us would like it to open on something useful.
You can simply change the new tab homepage when you press new tab via some advance settings in Firefox. Changing this setting means no more white screen, instead you get whatever page you want whether it be Google (like me), another search engine or some other site.
Edit: This method also works in the latest version of Firefox 13.0. Although they have changed the new tab homepage to be a bit more useful this is still the best to set a new tab to open a particular page
Accessing Firefox advance settings
First of all open a new Firefox window and type in the address bar about:config. You will be presented with a page that confirms you want to enter like below (Click images to enlarge)
This security message is just to confirm that what you are about to do can be damaging if you change any settings that you should not.
If you follow the instructions what we are doing should not affect the performance of the browser.
Click on the the link so it is highlighted blue and then right click and select modify. A box will pop up asking for the address you want to open when opening a new tab. Put the address in here and press OK.
For example we have put www.computerlearnhow.com and this is the new tab homepage that we get when opening a new tab
Once you have done close down the config window and press a new tab. You should see the page you set to be your new tab homepage.