Every time I launch Firefox, in addition to opening my home page it also
displays a second tab entitled “Help for Skype – user Guides” How can I
permanently delete this tab?
This seems to be catching several people by surprise lately.
Firefox has a feature for this and I’m not sure if some software installs
are now starting to take advantage of it or what.
The good news, though, is that it’s very, very easy to correct.
(Re)Setting Your Home Page
Seriously, open your browser and press the Home button, or whatever is convenient to take you to your home page.
Close all tabs that aren’t your home page. You should be left with only one tab open, and that tab would contain your desired home page.
Now, Click on the Tools menu, Options menu item, General tab to get to this:
Click on Use Current Page to reset your home page, and then click on OK to close the dialog.
Next time you start Firefox you should start with only a single page.
But … What Happened?
So, what is it that we fixed?
The “feature” that I alluded to above is simply this: Firefox can be instructed to open more than one tab as your home page.
Open up two tabs – I’ll open up both msn.com and microsoft.com – and go back to that General tab in the Options dialog, note a very subtle difference:
Note that the “User Current Page” button is now the “Use Current Pages” button. Click it and you’ll see the Home page field change:
The Home Page field now lists both URLs, separated by a pipe character “|”. When you open your browser, both pages will open up, in separate tabs.
Personally I find this “feature” less than useful, since clicking on the Home button later will take the current page to the first listed URL, and open up a new tab for the second URL even if it’s already in an open tab.
The fix we applied above simply restores this setting to your single desired home page.
How’d it get that way? I can only guess.
That guess is that some setup program – perhaps Skype’s in your case – noted that you were running Firefox, and in addition to adding it’s Firefox extension, also modified your home page setting to include the additional page.
But that’s just a guess. Since that “Page” versus “Pages” on the Options dialog is so easy to miss it’s also possible that the second tab was open when you set your home page, and at the time you didn’t realize that you’d actually set it to both.