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What 'about: blank'? Understand why the browser tab is blank | Browsers

When installing a browser and opening it for the first time, you probably came across a blank tab that had the inscription "about: blank" in the address bar. The default empty page in browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge and can be used as home page. Users who prefer to start the session with a specific website, in turn, can replace it with another address. Next, understand what "about: blank" means and learn how to remove the blank page.

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What does "about: blank" mean?

"About: blank" is a blank page built into the browser. The about excerpt: a command that orders the browser to open internal pages and sections. In Chrome, for example, you can type "about: settings" in the address bar to open the settings menu. "About: bookmarks", in turn, shows the list of sites saved as favorites.

Likewise, when you type "about: blank" in the address bar and press the "enter" key, your browser loads an empty tab, with nothing. It is important to clarify that this page does not come from the Internet, but belongs to the browser itself.

What is the use of "about: blank"?

"About: blank" page in Chrome Photo: Reproduo / Ana Letcia Loubak"About: blank" page in Chrome Photo: Reproduo / Ana Letcia Loubak

"About: blank" page in Chrome Photo: Reproduo / Ana Letcia Loubak

Every browser needs to display some content at startup. Firefox and Chrome, for example, load a page with featured sites and a search box integrated with Google. If the browser does not have features like this, it will most likely show the "about: blank" tab.

In addition, the blank page can be used as home page by users who do not want to add a specific website opening the browser. To do this, simply access the browser settings and ask to open with "about: blank" instead of another web page.

How to remove the "about: blank" tab

Technically, it is not possible to remove the "about: blank" page. It is part of your browser and can be accessed at any time from this command. However, if you always see the blank tab when starting the browser and want to replace it with any other page, you can do it in a few simple steps. The tutorial below was done on Google Chrome, but the instructions apply to other browsers.

Step 1. In Chrome, click on the three dots, located in the upper right corner, and select "Settings";

Open Chrome settings Photo: Reproduces / Ana Letcia LoubakOpen Chrome settings Photo: Reproduces / Ana Letcia Loubak

Open Chrome settings Photo: Reproduces / Ana Letcia Loubak

Step 2. Go down the page to the "Initialization" section and enable the "Open a specific page or set of pages" option. Then select "Add a new page";

Select the option indicated Photo: Reproduo / Ana Letcia LoubakSelect the option indicated Photo: Reproduo / Ana Letcia Loubak

Select the option indicated Photo: Reproduo / Ana Letcia Loubak

Step 3. Finally, enter the site you want to make a homepage and click "Add".

Inform the site that will be your new home page and confirm the action Photo: Reproduo / Ana Letcia LoubakInform the site that will be your new home page and confirm the action Photo: Reproduo / Ana Letcia Loubak

Inform the site that will be your new home page and confirm the action Photo: Reproduo / Ana Letcia Loubak