I would like to enable Firefox to show only my bookmarks as tiles I open a new tab. I don't want it to show tiled snapshots of the past sites I have visited which is the current default behaviour.

I find this would be much more convenient than having a bookmarks toolbar, which takes up some of my screen space.

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Migrated from Chrome to Firefox and I was scared not to have my bookmarks shown on a new tab. Good lord, the same extension is available on Firefox too: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/humble-new-tab/

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    This is great! I added a bookmark folder which I use as one column, doing exactly what I want.
    – quazgar
    Dec 10, 2021 at 11:02


Currently using Firefox 61.0.1, the old methods no longer exist/work. Now you can either add them manually or use Highlights.

If you choose to use Top Sites, you can add your own sites, pin them, and dismiss the ones you don't want to see.

You can also set the number of rows you want (1 or 2 rows) in Firefox's options.

For Highlights, you can just have Bookmarks checked but it will only update once you add new bookmarks. It will not pull any old bookmarks so you'll have to add them again.



Yes, you can do this.

You can either change the new tab page itself

You can set the value of the pref browser.newtab.url using about:config to chrome://browser/content/bookmarks/bookmarksPanel.xul


Drag the bookmarks you want to the tiles.

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    the pref browser.newtab.url is not present in firefox v46
    – Zavael
    Jun 7, 2016 at 10:56
  • The URL ` chrome://browser/content/bookmarks/bookmarksPanel.xul` gives a "File not found" error as of Firefox 61. Jul 23, 2018 at 17:07
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    Thanks for the update! I dug thru the omni.ja (actually a .jar archive) file mentioned in the old URL's error, and figured out a URL that works for getting the bookmarks sidebar, which can still be set as the home page in about:preferences#home . The URL is chrome://browser/content/places/bookmarksSidebar.xul . I haven't figured out how to get something more like the bookmarks manager, but this update works. Jul 24, 2018 at 19:56
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    Browsing a bit more, I found chrome://browser/content/places/places.xul for "Library" (bookmarks manager). There are lots of other cool URLs to find with .xul files, but they're off-topic. (It's too late to edit my previous comment.) Jul 24, 2018 at 20:11
  • Nice! I don't have the time to look into it but if it would answer OP's question, I think it would do nicely as an answer
    – MC10
    Jul 24, 2018 at 20:28

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