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Is it possible to reset the about:newtab to clear customization / repopulate?

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In the newtab page that debuted in Fx13: if one removes a thumbnail, it won't appear there again. Clicking thru all thumbs just leaves an empty spot at the end. Hence I would like to repopulate the "speed dial." Is there a trigger for that in the current version?

Of course some configurability would be nice, but I assume it will come.

In the newtab page that debuted in Fx13: if one removes a thumbnail, it won't appear there again. Clicking thru all thumbs just leaves an empty spot at the end. Hence I would like to repopulate the "speed dial." Is there a trigger for that in the current version? Of course some configurability would be nice, but I assume it will come.

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You can change the order of the boxes on the about:newtab page and drag them to a different position to pin them to that position or you can remove them by clicking the close X of an item to block them.
You can drag a bookmark or history item and drop them in a slot on the about:newtab page to pin them.
Changes are stored in the chromeappsstore.sqlite file in the Firefox Profile Folder under the pinnedLinks key and blockedLinks key.

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aaront 1 solutions 5 answers

I believe it's based on browsing history, so clearing that does clear the thumbnails on my end.

I believe it's based on browsing history, so clearing that does clear the thumbnails on my end.
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You can change the order of the boxes on the about:newtab page and drag them to a different position to pin them to that position or you can remove them by clicking the close X of an item to block them.
You can drag a bookmark or history item and drop them in a slot on the about:newtab page to pin them.
Changes are stored in the chromeappsstore.sqlite file in the Firefox Profile Folder under the pinnedLinks key and blockedLinks key.

You can change the order of the boxes on the about:newtab page and drag them to a different position to pin them to that position or you can remove them by clicking the close X of an item to block them.<br /> You can drag a bookmark or history item and drop them in a slot on the about:newtab page to pin them.<br /> Changes are stored in the chromeappsstore.sqlite file in the Firefox Profile Folder under the pinnedLinks key and blockedLinks key.<br />

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Thanks!

@aaront: The history I would rather keep. Maybe I could have been clearer about what I want to do.

@cor-el: Ahh, bookmark dragging! Did not think of it, but of course. Solved, and thanks for the sqlite tip!

Thanks! @aaront: The history I would rather keep. Maybe I could have been clearer about what I want to do. @cor-el: Ahh, bookmark dragging! Did not think of it, but of course. Solved, and thanks for the sqlite tip!
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You're welcome

You're welcome
ECPerkins 0 solutions 2 answers

@cor-el, if I wanted to start over with a clean slate on the New Tab page, would I delete chromeappsstore.sqlite? Or would that break Firefox and make me sad?

@cor-el, if I wanted to start over with a clean slate on the New Tab page, would I delete chromeappsstore.sqlite? Or would that break Firefox and make me sad?

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You can delete the chromeappsstore.sqlite file in the Firefox Profile Folder to remove all blocked sites from the new tab page.
This will probably break the about:home page and you will have to reset the browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone pref on the about:config page and close and restart Firefox to initialize the local storage in the chromeappsstore.sqlite database that is used for the about:home page.

You can delete the chromeappsstore.sqlite file in the Firefox Profile Folder to remove all blocked sites from the new tab page.<br /> This will probably break the about:home page and you will have to reset the <b>browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone</b> pref on the about:config page and close and restart Firefox to initialize the local storage in the chromeappsstore.sqlite database that is used for the about:home page.
ECPerkins 0 solutions 2 answers

That worked perfectly, just as you said it would. The New Tab page was reset to what I assume are my most frequently visited pages, and I can delete and reorder from scratch. It did reset my home page as well, but that's an easy fix.

Thank you!

That worked perfectly, just as you said it would. The New Tab page was reset to what I assume are my most frequently visited pages, and I can delete and reorder from scratch. It did reset my home page as well, but that's an easy fix. Thank you!