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Is the FF33 newtab behaviour buggy?

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I have been using the default about:newtab for new tabs, although I had modified some settings, including at one point setting browser.newtabpage.storageVersion to 1 as suggested somewhere. I'm also using TabMixPlus.

Anyway, since upgrading to FF33 it looks worse - aesthetically 4 tiles wide and 1 deep with a search bar is not what I want, and it also lost my previous most frequently visited page (BBC weather). I noticed that if you hit F5 to refresh though, it does respect browser.newtabpage.columns and show 5x3 tiles.

I don't see this listed at among the issues at Why it should show something different after refresh is particuarly odd though - is it possible to use browser.newtabpage.columns all the time?

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Please zoom out on the newTab page and see what happens to the grid layout.

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You can hide the search bar and the margins at the top and bottom with code in the userContent.css file to get more space for tiles.

Add code to the userContent.css file.

@-moz-document url(about:newtab) {
 #newtab-search-container {
  display: none !important;

The customization files userChrome.css (user interface) and userContent.css (websites) are located in the chrome folder in the Firefox profile folder.

You can use this button to go to the currently used Firefox profile folder:

  • Help > Troubleshooting Information > Profile Directory: Show Folder (Linux: Open Directory; Mac: Show in Finder)