How to Get Rid of the "Welcome to Firefox" Page on Startup
By Alan Sembera
Whenever you install or upgrade Mozilla's Firefox, the browser will display a "Welcome to Firefox" page when your first open the application. You can usually get rid of this page by changing the settings for your default home page. If this doesn't work, other options include changing your Firefox configuration settings or editing your user preference file.
Change Your Home Page
Click the "Firefox" button and select "Options." If you are using the menu bar, select "Options" from the Tools menu.
Select the "General" tab and click the arrow on the setting next to "When Firefox Starts." Change the setting to "Show My Home Page."
Click the "Restore to Default" button under the Home Page field.
Type in the URL of the Web page you want to use as your home page into the "Home Page" field. For example, if you want to use Google as your home page, type "www.google.com" (without the quotation marks). Click "OK" to save the changes.
Open a new tab in Firefox and type "about:config" into the main URL address bar. Press "Enter," and then click "I'll Be Careful, I Promise."
Type "startup" into the Search field.
Right click the "startup.homepage_override_url" line and select "Modify." Delete all of the text in the pop-up window and then click "OK."
Close the "about:config" tab, and then reset your home page settings. Restart Firefox to see if the problem is fixed. If not, you can edit your user preferences file to check for any entries that are preventing you from changing your home page.
Click the "Firefox" button, hover you mouse over the "Help" option and then select "Troubleshooting Information."
Click the "Show Folder" button under the Application Basics heading, which will open a new window displaying several Firefox application files.
Right-click the "user.js" file and select "Open With." Choose "Notepad" from the options. If you don't see Notepad in the list, click "More Options."
View the contents of the file, and delete any lines that contain "homepage" in the text.
Close the Firefox program. If you have more than one Firefox window open, close all of them, including the Downloads window; otherwise, you won't be able to save your changes to the file.
Save the file in Notepad, and then close Notepad. Launch Firefox and reset your home page settings.
Alan Sembera began writing for local newspapers in Texas and Louisiana. His professional career includes stints as a computer tech, information editor and income tax preparer. Sembera now writes full time about business and technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Texas A&M University.