How to permanently disable speed dial in Firefox

Firefox 13's speed dial feature displays your most frequently visited sites as thumbnails. If you're not a fan of the new feature, you can turn it off permanently.

Firefox new tab thumbnails
Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

In the latest release of Firefox, new tab pages display your nine most frequently visited Web pages in an easy-to-see thumbnail layout. You can customize the sites that are displayed and even hide the new tab page, but if you prefer disabling the feature permanently, here's how:

Step 1: In the Firefox address bar, type about:config and hit Enter.

Step 2: When the warranty warning appears, click on the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button.

Step 3: Type browser.newtab.url in the search box.

Step 4: Double-click on the preference name, then change the string value from about:newtab to about:blank. Click OK to save.

Change to about:blank
Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

That's it. Now when you bring up a new tab in Firefox, it'll be blank, rather than displaying the thumbnails of your most frequently visited sites.

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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