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Post Posted July 22nd, 2014, 10:03 pm

Hi, today my installation of Firefox updated itself to version 31. With it comes changes to the newtab page. I'll be honest, I don't like it. the thumbanils has been downsized a lot. There is a 50% unused space. It doesn't look good in large monitor at all. So my question is, can I revert to the previous newtab version inside Firefox 31?
Side Note: I'm using Ubuntu 14.04.

Edit: What I hate is the downsizing of the thumbnails. I can install add-on, but I'm not interested. I want a simple solution that I can show to normal people with varying screen size. So no messing with CSS file.

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Post Posted July 22nd, 2014, 11:14 pm

i got the same, it's pretty annoying (a bug or a new design?), thanks to correct asap

(i'm with windows 7)

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Post Posted July 23rd, 2014, 1:54 am

Install New Tab Tools, and then go to preferences(advanced). From there you can modify a variety of settings to get New Tab Page into old appearance.

No .css file editing required.

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Post Posted July 23rd, 2014, 2:27 am

You could try this:

open about:config
find browser.newtabpage.columns
and change the value to your liking (default seems to be 3)

No need to mess with css nor install addon.

Edit: You can check browser.newtabpage.rows too.
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Post Posted July 23rd, 2014, 5:46 am

Australis was bad enough, now they've screwed up the New Tab page. If something works, why the hell can't they leave it alone! :evil:

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Post Posted July 23rd, 2014, 6:37 am

studis wrote:You could try this:

open about:config
find browser.newtabpage.columns
and change the value to your liking (default seems to be 3)

No need to mess with css nor install addon.

Edit: You can check browser.newtabpage.rows too.


This does not remove the stupid search box.

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Post Posted July 23rd, 2014, 7:08 am

For me, changing 'browser.newtabpage.enabled' to false in about:config removes both the tiles and search box.

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Post Posted July 23rd, 2014, 8:30 am

thanks for your comments
BUT it seems to me that the about:config stuff does not solve those problems:
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1) at the bottom, i've got this empty "box"
2) it makes my 3 rows smaller
3) the google search box is still there

thanks in advance for any help

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Post Posted July 23rd, 2014, 8:37 am

You have a broken extension. Try Firefox safemode
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Post Posted July 23rd, 2014, 9:19 am

You are right! The white space at the bottom is caused by 'New Tab Wallpapers' not working properly now - I have the same issue. Something else they've screwed up!! On my netbook I also have to scroll the page to see all the thumbnails.

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Post Posted July 23rd, 2014, 9:24 am

Maybe the extension author needs to be notified. Lose the attitude it gets old very quickly
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Post Posted July 23rd, 2014, 9:56 am

That bottom area is the #newtab-margin-bottom. Doesn't seem to do much atm.
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Post Posted July 23rd, 2014, 11:10 am

malliz wrote:You have a broken extension. Try Firefox safemode

Thanks. Did it.
Had to install everything in the newtab (which is not userfriendly at all unfortunately)

PLUS: I lost all the add-ons too !!! They're not even listed in the add-on menu anymore !

and it still looks awful, with so much space lost:
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And that Google Search box?!

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Post Posted July 23rd, 2014, 11:54 am

Scribe_uk wrote:Australis was bad enough, now they've screwed up the New Tab page. If something works, why the hell can't they leave it alone! :evil:


If I'm not mistaken, Mozilla had wanted to sell ads somewhere inside the new tab page for some time now...could this newest "update" be a step in that direction so the change isn't as "jarring?" I can only assume that more irreversible UI changes will come to the new tab page.

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Post Posted July 23rd, 2014, 12:42 pm

nBen50 wrote:For me, changing 'browser.newtabpage.enabled' to false in about:config removes both the tiles and search box.

People want to keep tiles, just get rid of the Google box.
New Tab Tools does just that.

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