Some Firefox users do not like the blank page that is presented to them whenever they open a new tab in the web browser. Other browser developers, like Opera or Chrome, display website links instead which allow the user to quickly access often used websites.
Firefox users have to make use of add-ons to improve the blank tab page, and one of the most popular ones is New Tab King.
The new tab page in the browser is filled with life after the installation of the add-on. It may feel like a color shock on first use though, as it makes extensive use of background images which often reduce the visibility of the entries. Thankfully though it is possible to customize the display to remove those backgrounds.
The add-on displays the most visited websites, the recently closed tabs, a to-do list and a search form on every new tab page. View modes for the most visited websites can be changed to display thumbnails or analytics instead of text. It is furthermore possible to change the time frame from month to ever or week.
A click on a website listed there opens it in a new browser tab, a click on a recently closed tab restores it in the browser. Those are the two main features of New Tab King. The add-on offers more than that however. It is possible to remove websites from the listing, get detailed statistics about the pages visited on the site or to launch a similar site search on the Internet.
The search on top uses a custom Google Search engine by default, which can be changed to another search engine if desired. Two features of the add-on become only apparent in the options. The first, application shortcuts, can place links to applications on the computer system on each new tab page. Preconfigured are for instance links to Notepad, Calculator, My Documents and Windows Media Player, with options to remove or add file paths.
The second feature creates website shortcuts in the search form. We have already mentioned that the search uses Google Search. But that is not true if the entered search phrase is a website shortcut. Facebook for instance leads directly to the social networking site, AOL to the AOL homepage and so on. It is again possible to add or remove entries from the listing.
New Tab King fills the blank tab page in Firefox with life. It is currently compatible with Firefox 3 editions only.
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