Similar to setting a home page, the major Web browsers have an option to set the page that loads when you open a new tab. Although the new tab’s default setting to display the Web pages you visit most often is helpful, it is redundant if you already have those Web pages bookmarked. Depending on your browser’s options, you can set the new tab to open a favorite website, a blank page or even your current home page.

Tabbing in Internet Explorer

Step 1

Select the gear-shaped "Tools" button, and then choose "Internet Options" to launch the Internet Options utility.

Step 2

Click the "General tab," and then select the "Tabs" button in the Tabs section to open the Tabbed Browsing Settings window.

Step 3

Click the drop-down box in the "When a new tab is opened, open" section.

Step 4

Choose the option that you want to use from the drop-down list. For example, select "Your First Home Page" to display your home page when you open a new tab, or select "A Blank Page" to open a blank page.

Step 5

Click "OK," and then click the "Apply" button.

Tabs Afire in Firefox

Step 1

Open a new browser window, and then enter "about:config" -- without quotations -- in to the Address bar.

Step 2

Press the "Enter" key, and then click the "I'll be Careful, I Promise" button on the Warning page to open the "about:config" page.

Step 3

Enter "browser.newtab.url" -- without quotations -- in to the Search field.

Step 4

Double-click "browser.newtab.url" to open the Enter String Value pop-up box.

Step 5

Delete "about:newtab" in the open field and replace it with the URL of the page that you want to display when you open a new tab, such as your home page. Alternatively, you can display a blank page by entering "about:blank" in the open field.

Step 6

Click the "OK" button to save the new setting.

Surfin' the Tabs in Safari

Step 1

Click the "Settings" gear icon, and then choose "Preferences" to open the Preferences dialog window.

Step 2

Select the "General" tab, and then click the "New Tabs Open With" drop-down box.

Step 3

Select the option that you want to use from the menu, such as "Homepage."

Step 4

Close the Preferences window to save the new setting.