This is Pale Moon's new start page

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 11, 2015
Updated • Jun 26, 2017
Internet, Pale Moon

If you have started or installed the Pale Moon browser recently you may have noticed that it ships with a new default start page.

The start page, or homepage, is the page that gets loaded when you start the browser and have not configured it to load the previous session or start with a blank page without content.

Pale Moon entered a cooperation with, a personal homepage service on the Internet similar to how iGoogle worked and still maintained services like Netvibes work.

If you compare the the new with the old start page you will notice differences but also similarities.

Here is a screenshot of the new default start page in Pale Moon.

pale moon new star tpage

And for comparison, here is a screenshot of the previous start page of the browser.

pale moon old start

First of all, if you dislike the new start page you have a couple of options. I explain what you can in a bit but first, lets take a look at what the new start page offers.

The start page uses widgets to display contents on the screen. You get a search form at the top that you can use to search Google or DuckDuckGo, and several widgets below that link to resources.

You can modify the resources shown on the page easily. Hit the customize button at the top right corner of the screen.

To edit the contents of a widget, click on the down arrow icon that appears when you hover over it on the start page and select edit.

You can then edit or delete resources individually by hovering over them and selecting the desired option. There you also find an option to add your own resources or new widgets. supports a variety of widgets, here is a short list of popular options:

  1. RSS pulls data from a single RSS feed and display it on the start page.
  2. Weather displays weather information for one or multiple locations.
  3. Google Calendar pulls data from Google's calendar service.
  4. Stock quotes
  5. Notes

The service supports tabs which means that you can have multiple pages filled with widgets and resources if you like.

You don't need an account to modify the start page. The personal start page is linked to your device via a cookie in this case. The other option that you have is to sign up for an account and if you do that, the information will be linked to the account instead.

Change the start page

pale moon home page

The old start page is not available anymore. The location of the original start page has changed. You can still access it @

The only options that you have are to set a different page as the start page or switch to session restore instead.

You do that in the following way:

  1. Click on Pale Moon and select Options > Options.
  2. Switch to the General tab and enter a new web address or local address (about:home for instance).
  3. Click ok.


The new start page resembles the old one. The core difference between the old start page and the new is the fact that it is provided and maintained by a third-party company now.

Good news is that you can customize the new start page to your liking and support the Pale Moon project at the same time by doing so.

Since it is possible to switch to another homepage, the switch should not be problematic for most users.

Pale Moon users can join the discussion of the new feature on the Pale Moon forum.

Now You: What's your take on the change?

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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