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.
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.Advertisement
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