Search Support

Avoid support scams. We will never ask you to call or text a phone number or share personal information. Please report suspicious activity using the “Report Abuse” option.

Learn More

Why did my number of tiles on a new tab options reset?

  • 9 replies
  • 186 have this problem
  • 16924 views
  • Last reply by bob60506

more options

Hi!

Until now, I had some very specific options for my "new tab" window. Using "about:config" (in place of the URL), I had set "browser.newtabpage.columns" and "browser.newtabpage.rows" to 6, and then I had selected particular websites to have an easy shortcut to them on the "new tab" thumbnail.

It worked very fine until today. Now, even though I never made any change, the "new tab" window shows only 4 columns and 3 rows of tiles. These tiles still contain the same website as usual, but obviously I can't access so some of them, since I had more than 12.

FURTHERMORE, in, the "about:config" window, "browser.newtabpage.columns" and "browser.newtabpage.rows" are STILL set to 6. Of course, I tried to change them to something else, but it doesn't work either. Firefox just completely ignores my configuration!

What should I do to get back my usual tools? Thank you already for your answers!

More informations: I'm on Windows 7 and I don't have any addon on Firefox.

Modified by Oneyr

Chosen solution

I found the solution without using any add-ons. There it is: 1. Open the "about:config" 2. Find the "browser.newtab.preload" * 3. Reset it to "false"

    * it should be on "true" by default, if it's "false", then this fix will not work.
Read this answer in context 👍 31

All Replies (9)

more options

You will have to zoom out the about:newtab page to see more tiles in Firefox 33. There are changes coming to the about:newtab page and the thumbnails are of a fixed size and no longer resize. Instead the number of rows and columns is adjusted.

Some reading (please do not comment in bug reports): Bug 1026561 - The New Tab Page should be smarter about showing more tiles when on large screens Bug 1005596 - Aurora31.0a2: Starting a new tab does not honor custom rows and columns

more options

Thank you very much. Does this mean that I simply have to wait for a hotfix? Or does this mean that I will always have to zoom out manually each time I open a new tab?

more options

Neither of those Bug reports says anything about there being a "hotfix" in the works.

Each new tab has the default zoom level when it opens, there is no built-in method to change the default zoom level for only the new tab. An there is no way to change the size of the tiles so that each new tab has smaller tiles which would allow for more columns / rows without adjusting the zoom level for every new tab being opened.

My advice is to set your own choice of a webpage for "new Tab" or use an add-on like New Tab Tools. It allows for setting the the number of rows and columns. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/new-tab-tools/

more options

It's sad. I don't understand why Firefox developers would remove this useful option...

Anyway, thank you very much!

more options

Chosen Solution

I found the solution without using any add-ons. There it is: 1. Open the "about:config" 2. Find the "browser.newtab.preload" * 3. Reset it to "false"

    * it should be on "true" by default, if it's "false", then this fix will not work.
more options

It works great! Thank you very much, VlVlK.

more options

I'm not sure how "browser.newtab.preload" is related to the issue . . . it didn't do anything for me.

However, I found an actual fix. You can actually modify the CSS via the userContent.css in your profile. It is explained really well here.

The main focus in the article is removing the search bar from the new tab page but near the end it shows you how to change the size of the thumbnail links.

One of the best fixes I found for the horrible changes Mozilla has forced on us (well, that and Classic Theme Restorer)

more options

There are also margins on the about:newtab page that you may want to remove as well.

userContent.css:

@-moz-document url(about:newtab) {
 #newtab-margin-top,
 #newtab-margin-bottom,
 #newtab-search-container {display:none!important}
}
more options

fysiks said

I'm not sure how "browser.newtab.preload" is related to the issue . . . it didn't do anything for me. However, I found an actual fix. You can actually modify the CSS via the userContent.css in your profile. It is explained really well here. The main focus in the article is removing the search bar from the new tab page but near the end it shows you how to change the size of the thumbnail links. One of the best fixes I found for the horrible changes Mozilla has forced on us (well, that and Classic Theme Restorer)

Mozilla has a history of making change for the sake of change. There was nothing wrong with the old "new tab" window that was fixed with this new style. There was also nothing wrong with the old search box. In fact, I rather liked the fact that the icon representing the currently selected search engine was always visible in the search box.

i had made the upgrade from 31 to 35 for performance and security reasons, but I was turned off enough by these arbitrary style changes -- and found no appreciable improvement in performance -- to decide to upgrade to an earlier version (32) that doesn't have these annoyances. I am back to my old 3x3 tile grid on my new tab page and my old search menu.