Inspired from Opera’s Speed Dial Google Chrome offers “New Tab Page” with thumbnails of most visited sites from browser history, Firefox browser exists for ages before Chrome release, but till now it doesn’t have a New Tab Page, finally New Tab Page has been landed on Firefox 13 and displays (3*3 grid of total) 9 thumbnails of most visited sites to the user whenever user opens the new tab instead of blank one.
These thumbnails are generated from browser history, if you wipe Firefox browsing history on daily basis you’ll be left with none thumbnails, so it’s better for user to not to delete the Firefox cache daily. I myself started using Firefox 13 beta since 20 days for now, hardly clicked on a thumbnail to visit most recently visited website, but it may take more time for me to get used to it, feel same the case with other users too. Firefox 13 final is set to release on June 5, are you using Firefox beta now? do you like it? if not here is how to disable it.
1. Type about:config in browser and press enter.
2. Click on warning “I’ll be careful, I Promise” and type “newtabpage” (without quotes) in the search box
3. Double click on “browser.newtabpage.enabled” preference to change to “False”.
Update: Also double click on preference “browser.newtab.URL” and set its value to about:blank.
That’s it New Tab page has been disabled in Mozilla’s browser. From now onwards you’ll be greeted with empty page whenever you open the New Tab.
To enable it back follow from step 1 to 3 and toggle the above said preference value to “True”.
Share how you found the new tab page useful in Firefox with us in comments.
Update 1 : Post and first screenshot also updated.