Add Google Chrome's New Tab Feature To Firefox

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 8, 2009
Updated • Feb 13, 2015
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

You do not get a blank page whenever you open a new tab in the Google browser.

Google Chrome displays thumbnails of the most visited websites together with a search option and a list of recently closed pages on it which can be a great time saver if you interact with the displayed features regularly.

Some users may think that this is like Speed Dial which is offered by the Opera web browser and the features are indeed closely related.

The difference here besides the additional functionality is that users pick the sites displayed by Opera's Speed Dial feature while the sites in Google Chrome are populated automatically as the browser takes them from the user's web browsing history.

firefox new tab jumpstart

The Firefox add-on New Tab JumpStart (via Firefox Facts) clones the new tab functionality of the Google web browser and brings it to the Firefox community.

It displays the most visited websites, a search box, the most recent bookmarks and closed tabs which are updated automatically as you use the browser.

The add-on comes with additional settings that can change the appearance quite a bit. It is for example possible to change the number of thumbnails of websites that are displayed from 3x3 (which is three thumbnails in three rows) to 10x7 which equals the 70 most visited websites.

The preferences are also the place where you can run a diagnostic test and check blocked and tagged items, and remove them again from those lists. This can be useful to restore a site's visibility on the new tab page after you have accidentally or temporarily blocked it for example.

The Firefox add-on is compatible with all recent versions of the web browser. It consumes quite a bit of computer memory though and the actual amount depends on the number of thumbnail images that are displayed.

Mozilla has integrated its own version of a New Tab Page in Firefox in recent time. It displays popular websites as well and provides you with options to pin those sites so that they remain accessible on the page. There you also find a search and a couple of additional options of interest.

This makes the New Tab JumpStart add-on less useful unless you like the listing of recently closed or bookmarked pages on the new tab page.


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  1. ZK@Web Marketing Blog said on June 17, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Google’s Chrome browser hit the web yesterday. Whether you wanted to or not, you definitely downloaded Google’s effort to see what ingenuity they put into their browser. It’s clean, fast, and more stable than Firefox has been for me lately. Of course, there’s always a chance that Chrome will have a quirk that none of the other browsers have and you may need to use client side detection to fix the problem. You can detect Chrome by using the following bit of Javascript:

  2. Transcontinental said on June 9, 2009 at 2:19 am

    Good thing this new tab feature is not implemented in Firefox : I dislike it. One of those stupid gadgets, IMO. Too many of these gadgets are on the row, when simplicity requires basic features enhanced in quality, not quantity. I omit already say 25% of Firefox’s 3.0.* “features”, and I presume that’ll raise to 50% on 3.5 …The “awesome” bar, the tags; the alt-tab wonderlands for instance remain an amount of bloated concepts, as far as I’m concerned.

  3. tehrob said on June 9, 2009 at 12:41 am

    google’s beta firefox addon, Googlebar 5 maybe, has this same feature.

  4. JS365 said on June 8, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    With TabMixPlus, you have to set the new tab location to “chrome://jumpstart/content/tabView.xul”

  5. jan said on June 8, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    For christ’s sake do your homework properly. That’s another Opera feature falsely attributed to Firefox.

    1. Martin said on June 8, 2009 at 9:14 pm

      Which feature are you talking about?

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