Automatically close blank pages in Firefox?


  1. Posts : 426
    Windows 10 64-bit Ver 1909, OS build 18363.535
       #1

    Automatically close blank pages in Firefox?


    Is there a way to have Firefox automatically close blank pages/tabs when opened? On some sites when you download a file, it pops open a new blank page tab. Then I have to manually close the tab which is annoying. You used to be able to do this easily in Tab Mix Plus, but of course now that no longer works in Firefox. Here's a description of what I'm taking about:

    https://www.thefreewindows.com/17089...download-file/
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  2. Posts : 36,325
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    I've never seen a blank page open like that... but I have seen many instances where downloading a file is followed by a help/sales/ thanks for downloading page.

    Do you have an example?

    Firefox repeatedly opens empty tabs or windows after you click on a link | Firefox Help
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  3. Posts : 426
    Windows 10 64-bit Ver 1909, OS build 18363.535
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Depends I guess on how the page is configured, but it's common enough that they had the option to disable it in Tab Mix Plus.
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  4. Posts : 426
    Windows 10 64-bit Ver 1909, OS build 18363.535
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       #4

    I use Internet Download Manager for downloading. What I notice is if I download directly using Firefox, a blank page will sometimes open just for a second but it closes immediately when the Firefox download dialog box pops up. But if I have Internet Download Manager enabled to take over downloads, when I click a link to download, a blank page sometimes pops up but it stays up after IDM takes the download. It doesn't close the Firefox blank page.
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  5. Posts : 36,325
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #5

    If you can quote an example or two.. URL's...?
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  6. Posts : 426
    Windows 10 64-bit Ver 1909, OS build 18363.535
    Thread Starter
       #6

    I'll have to go hunt one down. Not every site has this issue. I see it happen a lot but haven't paid attention to what sites specifically.
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  7. Posts : 426
    Windows 10 64-bit Ver 1909, OS build 18363.535
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Okay, here's a page that has this issue:

    http://forum.zidoo.tv/index.php?thre...eleased.45034/

    It's a firmware link to my media player. The download link is under the change log:

    "Download url:http://apidl.zidoo.tv/X10/v2.1.22/X10-v2.1.22-201901171342-ota.zip"


    When I click that download link, it pops open an about:blank tab before the download begins, then leaves it there so I have to close it manually. This is with internet download manager disabled, so only the Firefox save dialog pops up.
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  8. Posts : 36,325
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #8

    Thanks.. however it doesn't do that for me...

    Automatically close blank pages in Firefox?-snap-2019-03-17-08.20.08.png
    FF 65.02 add-ons:
    Automatically close blank pages in Firefox?-snap-2019-03-17-08.17.49.png

    Automatically close blank pages in Firefox?-snap-2019-03-17-08.18.38.png

    Is that your FF build- 65.02 - and do you have any add-ons that might cause this? Try FF in its safe mode. (No add-ons).
    Last edited by dalchina; 17 Mar 2019 at 04:28.
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  9. Posts : 19,256
    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux
       #9

    II had an occasion to download sever KBs fro MS and after clicking on download link tab stays open and blank.
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