Tabbed display preferences should be enhanced to allow opening new tabs at the home page OR blank. This could be implemented something like: Place, in the "Tab Display" area, a checkbox labeled "Open new tabs with Home Page". If this option is checked then the home page is loaded. If unchecked then the new tab is loaded blank. This is a quick and seemingly easy and possibly shortsighted enhancement. Other requesters have mentioned opening tab-groups or other fancier behaviors. An alternative implementation to support these, and consequently make the prefs UI or complicated could be: Create a new area called "New Tabs" and basically duplicate the UI options used in General for home page. I am aware that this capability is currently available via a browser extension but this feature seems too closely tied to browser tabs to leave to an extension and other browsers that support tabs have much more flexible implentations of tabs than current releases of phoenix or mozilla.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 170946 ***
This bug is not a dupe of 170946. I have waited to see if the results of bug 170946 would miraculously provide the suggested functionality but that hasn't happened. I will succinctly rephrase my request. Please consider it. Browser tabs currently open with "about:blank" as the contents. There should be an option to allow new tabs to open with the home page as the contents. I have implemented this myself with less than 10 lines of code changes (in 3 files) and I would be happy to provide modified files (or a patch with assistance). My solution consisted of adding a checkbox option to the "Tabbed browsing" pref. I am aware this capability exists via a browser extension but I believe it should be in the browser. Please mark this as wontfix or use it, but it isn't a dupe (of 170946 anyway).
Yeah, I know, it's being duped against a later bug... *** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 187573 ***