- By Sebastian Anthony on January 27, 2012 at 9:52 am
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At the moment, the new tab page really just shows you a 3-by-3 grid of your most-visited websites (pictured above). You can pin a tile, or — if Firefox has turned up a particularly embarrassing site — you can hide a tile (in which case the next-most-popular site appears). You can also drag and drop the tiles to rearrange them. For now, that’s the extent of the new tab page’s functionality.
The Firefox home tab is a lot more exciting. Basically there are two phases: The first phase will add “launchers” at the bottom — one-click links to your downloads, settings, apps, and so on (pictured right). Phase two is a complete reworking of the home page paradigm, weaving in favorite apps, recent websites, and even instant messaging (pictured below). Phase one is expected to roll out with Firefox 12, but at the time of writing the code still hasn’t been committed.
In other news, Firefox 12 will also bring URL autocompletion to the Firefox address (née awesome) bar, ala Chrome. Firefox 12 is also meant to be the release that heralds deeper web app integration, much in the same way that Chrome features apps and favorite sites on its new tab page. This is meant to be built into Firefox’s home tab, but again as that hasn’t yet landed, this might not make it into Firefox 12.
If you want to try out the new tab page, download the Firefox Nightly. You then need to visit
about:configand set the value of
true(double click it). You then need to set the value of
about:newtab(again, double click it and type it in). Finalize the changes by restarting your browser.
If you’d rather wait for the real thing, Firefox 12 will filter down to the official, stable channel at the end of April.