Firefox Mobile Wants to Distract You

Scene:

I have an idea of something I want to look up, and I reach for my phone. I open a new tab in Firefox, and I am greeted with a screen full of distraction:

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Ooh, so many colorful, click-bait headlines and websites. Looks like there’s a new article about Akrasia, I wonder what that is. Now, what was I going to search for, I forget…

That’s the problem - every time I open a new tab, I get distracted by all the crap on the new tab page. Let’s fix that.

Empty New Tab Page

Get rid of all that junk! This is what I want:

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Ah, new tab nirvana. Let’s do this.

First, get to the settings for this: Click on the 3-dot menu in the upper right, then “Settings”.

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From there, click “General”

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Then “Home”

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We are going to change all of this stuff:

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First click “Set a homepage”, and set that to the custom page about:blank

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Then click “Also use for new tabs” so it is enabled.

At this point, when you open a new tab it will be blank, BUT when you click the URL to search it will bring up all of that stuff again:

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So we still have a few things to get rid of.

Click “Top Sites”, then “Hide” to get rid of that.

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Click “Bookmarks”, then “Hide” to get rid of that.

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Click “History”, then “Hide” to get rid of that.

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Now this is what those settings should look like:

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And when you open a new tab, it’s blank, and then clicking the URL it stays blank!

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And that’s it. Go forth undistracted forever more.