Change New Tabs In Firefox To Display Custom Pages And Colors With This Add-on


New Tab Override is a useful Firefox add-on that can change how the new tab page is displayed. It can be used to load new tabs as websites, custom background colors or as local files. It is also compatible with the Firefox containers feature.

Download and install New Tab Override from here.

New Tab Override Firefox add-on page

After it is installed, you can allow it to access private browsing windows too if needed.

allow New Tab Override to run in Firefox private window

The New Tab Override icon will be displayed next to the Firefox address bar.

New Tab Override icon in Firefox

Click on it to open the Settings window.

New Tab Override menu options

From the dropdown menu, you can change the new tab to a custom URL, the current homepage, custom background color or a local file.

choosing new tab to be current home page in New Tab Override

Set default tab as a custom URL:

Choose custom URL from the menu and enter a valid URL in the URL box.

adding a custom URL to be opened as a new tab in New Tab Override

After the changes are made, there will be a prompt to keep the changes or disable the extension so as to go back to the default tab. Click on Keep Changes to keep the new tab settings.

Set default tab as background color:

To change the tab background to a custom color, select background color from the menu.

set a background color as a new tab in New Tab Override

Then customize the color scheme as needed.

customizing the new tab as background color in New Tab Override

The new tab will be blank but will display the set background color.

background color as a new tab using New Tab Override

Set default tab as a local file:

To use a local file for displaying a custom HTML message, you can add it by choosing the local file option. Then select the file path.

choosing a local file to be displayed as a new tab in New Tab Override

The new tab will then display the local file.

a local HTML file displayed as the default new tab in Firefox using New Tab Override

Set default tab as Mozilla News (German):

Also, there is an option of displaying Mozilla News (German). Choosing that will then require granting permission to access a news website for that.

setting new tab as Mozilla News in New Tab Override

It will then display the German version of Mozilla News. (You can also use the custom URL to display news from websites as a new tab.)

Mozilla News (German) as the default new tab using New Tab Override

Overall this is a useful Firefox add-on for tabs if you’d like to change how new tabs are displayed.

Happy browsing.


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