How to Manage the New Tab Page in Firefox 57 Quantum
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Mozilla has changed the New Tab page again in Firefox 57 Quantum, adding a new Activity Stream feature, making it easier to access your bookmarked and visited sites. But Firefox is extremely customizable 3 New Ways to Customize in Firefox Quantum 3 New Ways to Customize in Firefox Quantum The revamped Firefox Quantum offers some new ways to customize it. Here's how to pop open the customization panel and tweak it to your liking. Read More , and the New Tab page is no exception.

By default, every time you open a new tab Make Any New Browser Tab More Useful With 5 Custom Tools Make Any New Browser Tab More Useful With 5 Custom Tools The new tab page on your browser does not have to be wasteland of empty white space. These useful tools can help you customize the tab page for productivity. Read More , the Activity Stream displays four sections. A Search box at the top followed by Top Sites (sites you visit most often), articles Recommended by Pocket, and Highlights, which are interesting sites you recently visited or bookmarked. Sometimes you’ll also see updates pop up at the bottom of the new tab from Mozilla about Firefox, internet culture, or the occasional random meme.

You can customize the Firefox New Tab page by hiding sections, making the New Tab page blank by hiding all the sections, or even reverting to the classic New Tab page.

Today we’ll cover the different ways you can customize your Firefox New Tab page, including using extensions.

Customize Your Top Sites

The Top Sites section on the Firefox New Tab page shows you tiles for the sites you visit most often. You can choose which tiles remain and which ones are removed, change the names and URLs for tiles, and even remove a site from your browsing history.

You can customize the Top Sites section by pinning tiles and editing the properties of the tiles. Clicking a tile opens that site in the current tab. You can also open tabs in a new window, or in a new private window.

Customize Firefox top sites

Customize Your Top Sites Tiles

Each tile in the Top Sites section has a menu that allows you to perform actions on that tile. To access a tile’s menu, move the mouse to the upper-right corner of the tab until you see a circle with three horizontal dots. Click the circle to open the menu.

Clicking a tile opens that site in the current tab. You can also use the menu to Open in a New Window or Open in a New Private Window.

Tiles in the Top Sites section change as you visit sites to show you the sites you visit most often. To make a site tile stay in the Top Sites section, open the tile’s menu and select Pin.

Customize Firefox top sites

You can change your mind about a site you’ve pinned and select Unpin from the tile’s menu. The site may leave the Top Sites section at any time when unpinned.

If you don’t want a site to appear in the Top Sites section, open the menu for the site and select Dismiss. To remove the site from your browsing history, select Delete from History.

Customize Firefox top sites

You can change the name and the URL for each tile. Select Edit from a tile’s menu, enter a new name or URL, and click Save.

Customize Firefox top sites

Show More or Fewer Top Sites Tiles

By default, one row of tiles displays in the Top Sites section. The number of tiles in the row depend on the width of your browser window. If you want more tiles available in the Top Sites section, you can have two rows.

To show the second row of tiles, move your mouse over the upper-right corner of the Top Sites section and click on the Edit link that displays next to the help icon.

Customize Firefox top sites

Then, click Show More below the row of tiles.

You can also use the Add button below the tiles to manually add a site as a tile in the Top Sites section. Enter a name and URL for the new site on the dialog box that displays and click Add.

Customize Firefox top sites

A second row of tiles is added. Click Done when you’re finished editing and adding sites.

Customize Firefox top sites

Customize the Recommended by Pocket Tiles

Pocket is built into Firefox The Pros and Cons of Pocket: Save for Later vs. Bookmarks The Pros and Cons of Pocket: Save for Later vs. Bookmarks Both Chrome bookmarks and Pocket are great in their own way. But why would you choose Pocket over a bookmarking service? And in what ways does Pocket fall short? Read More and the Recommended by Pocket section on the New Tab page includes tiles suggesting stories and articles to read.

You can customize the tiles in the Recommended by Pocket section like you can in the Top Sites section.

Just like in the Top Sites section, each tile in the Recommended by Pocket section has a menu that allows you to perform actions on that tile. To access a tile’s menu, move the mouse to the upper-right corner of the tab until you see a circle with three horizontal dots. Click the circle to open the menu.

Clicking a tile opens that story in the current tab. You can also use the menu to Open in a New Window or Open in a New Private Window.

To remove a story from the section, select Dismiss.

Customize Firefox Pocket recommendations

You can bookmark a Pocket story by selecting Bookmark from the menu.

A popup briefly displays allowing you to change the Name of the bookmark, put it in a specific Folder, and add Tags. Tags allow you to easily search your bookmarks Still Using Folders to Organize Firefox Bookmarks? Try Tags Still Using Folders to Organize Firefox Bookmarks? Try Tags Tagging your Firefox bookmarks not only makes searching faster, but there are additional benefits to using them. Here are a few great reasons to try them, along with how to set them up. Read More . The popup does not hang around long, but you can also edit bookmarks in the Bookmarks Sidebar Everything You Need to Know About Managing Your Firefox Bookmarks Everything You Need to Know About Managing Your Firefox Bookmarks I don’t know about you, but I still use browser bookmarks on a daily basis. There are people out there who claim that browser bookmarks have become obsolete with the advent of online bookmarking, social... Read More .

Customize Firefox Pocket recommendations

If you choose Save to Pocket from a tile’s menu, a popup displays asking to sign in, if you’re not already. Click Log in to sign in to your account and save the article.

Customize Firefox Pocket recommendations

Customize the Highlights Tiles

The Highlights section on the Firefox New Tab page includes tiles with links to sites you’ve recently visited or bookmarked. This is different from the Top Sites section because it provides recently visited or bookmarked sites, not the ones you visit most often.

The menu on each tile in the Highlights section is the same as the menu available on the tiles in the Recommended by Pocket section and the options work the same way.

There is one additional option on the tile menu in the Highlights section. Select Delete from History to remove the site from your browsing history. This is the same as the Delete from History option on the Top Sites tiles.

Customize Firefox highlight tiles

Close Mozilla Snippets

Occasionally, you’ll see Snippets at the bottom of the New Tab page. These are updates about Firefox, interesting items about internet culture, or a random meme.

These cannot be customized. The only thing you can do is hide them, which we discuss in the next section.

Customize Firefox snippets

Hide Sections of the New Tab Page

If you don’t want to see certain sections on the Firefox New Tab page, you can hide them.

Click the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the New Tab page.

Hide Firefox new tab sections

On the New Tab Preferences pane, uncheck the sections you don’t want to see on the New Tab page. They are hidden immediately.

Click Done or click the X in the upper-right corner of the pane to close it.

Hide Firefox new tab sections

If you hide all the sections, you will end up with a blank New Tab page, except for the gear icon.

Hide Firefox new tab sections

Enable the Classic Firefox New Tab Page

If you don’t like the revamped New Tab page in Firefox 57 Quantum, you can enable the classic Firefox New Tab page, which included a search box and top sites on larger tiles than the new Top Sites section. The method we’re going to show you is available as of the writing of this article. But, settings on the advanced settings page in Firefox are not guaranteed to remain available.

To revert to the classic New Tab page, open Firefox, type about:config in the address bar, and press Enter.

You’ll see a warning message that you might void your warranty. If you don’t want to see this warning every time you access the advanced settings page, check the Show this warning next time box.

To continue, click I accept the risk.

Enable classic Firefox new tab page

Start typing browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.enabled in the Search box. When you see the setting in the list, double-click it to change its Value to false.

Enable classic Firefox new tab page

The next time you open a new tab, you’ll see the classic New Tab page with large tiles showing the sites you visit most often.

Enable classic Firefox new tab page

The gear icon in the upper-right corner of the New Tab page provides access to different New Tab Controls.

Enable classic Firefox new tab page

Change the New Tab Page Using an Add-On

You can also use add-ons to change the functionality of the New Tab page 10 Ways to Make Your Firefox New Tab Page Gorgeous 10 Ways to Make Your Firefox New Tab Page Gorgeous If you are looking for a unique as well as a useful replacement for your Firefox new tab page, then take a peek at these 10 awesome options. These extensions provide function along with beauty. Read More or expand it. But, some of the extensions mentioned in that article don’t work in Firefox Quantum. Here are a few more New Tab page add-ons that do work in Quantum.

  • New Tab Override: This add-on brings back the ability to change the page that is shown when opening a new tab, allowing you to have a different Home page and New Tab page.
  • New Tab Homepage: This add-on loads your Home page when you open a new tab. This is handy if you want to use the same page as your Home page and the New Tab page. If you have multiple Home pages set, the first one in the list is chosen.
  • Custom New Tab Page: This add-on allows you to set a custom URL for the New Tab page without changing the address bar content. This allows the cursor to remain focused in the address bar. You can start typing to search or to navigate to a different URL immediately after opening a new tab.

What’s on Your New Tab Page?

There are all kinds of possibilities for creating a useful New Tab page that helps you surf efficiently. Search for new tab page on the Firefox Add-Ons site and try out other add-ons.

Once you’ve opened many tabs, there are several incredibly useful ways to manage multiple tabs in Firefox 12 Incredibly Useful Ways to Manage Multiple Tabs in Firefox 12 Incredibly Useful Ways to Manage Multiple Tabs in Firefox We all need an extension (or ten!) to wrestle browser tabs into submission effortlessly. Especially you, you tab hoarder. Read More .

How do you use your New Tab page? Have you found any other add-ons to make your Firefox New Tab page more useful or attractive? Share your thoughts and ideas with us in the comments below.

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  1. Someone
    January 11, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Do you now notice how bad is the resolution of MakeUseOf tile?

  2. dragonmouth
    January 10, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    My NewTab page is totally blank. I got rid of all the annoying, visually distracting tiles.

    • Unhappy browser person
      January 24, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      I have the 'learn more' box still at the bottom. I cannot find a way to get rid of it also one massive clickable firefox icon at the top right. I want the newtab page to be totally blank! Been at it for hours now. wtf