Enable the new ‘Speed Dial Style New Tab Page’ in the Latest Firefox Nightly Builds

By Akemi Iwaya on February 1st, 2012

In the past you needed an extension to get ‘speed dial based’ new tab pages in Firefox, but the latest Nightly Builds have the function built in. Today we will show you how to quickly activate it using two about:config hacks.

Note: Make sure you have the latest ‘13.0 Alpha 1’ nightly build set up on your system (download link provided below).

To get started type or paste “about:config” in the Address Bar and hit Enter. Click on the I’ll be careful, I promise! Button to access the settings…

Type or paste “newtab” in the Search Filter Bar and hit Enter. You should see the following two entries appear.

Double click (or right click) on the “browser.newtab.url” listing and change the value from “about:blank” to “about:newtab”.

Next double click on (or right click and select Toggle) the “browser.newtabpage.enabled” listing and change the value from “false” to “true”.

When you are done everything should look like this. To finish things up restart Firefox and get ready to enjoy that built-in speed dial goodness.

You can chose to set the new Speed Dial Page as your homepage if desired, otherwise it will appear only when you open new tabs (thus preserving your homepage preferences).

Note: The new speed dial page may be a little slow to display thumbnail images as seen in the first screenshot above. Your mileage may vary due to the newness of the feature…

If you change your mind and want to deactivate the new Speed Dial Page re-enter the “about:config” settings, right click on the two entries you added and select Reset. You will need to restart Firefox to complete the deactivation process.

Note: We have a third entry in our settings due to setting the new Speed Dial Page as our homepage.


Download the Latest Firefox Nightly Build Note: Scroll toward the bottom of the page to find the newest release.

via How to Enable Brand New “New Tab” Page in Mozilla Firefox Nightly Build? [Tweaking with Vishal (AskVG)]

For those who may be interested you can find the persona theme shown above here:

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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 02/1/12
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