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New Tab Tools


This add-on replaces you "new tab" page with what is essentially a clone of the new tab page from Firefox version 30. It also adds functionality for adding, modifying and hiding tiles, as well as a variety of customisations.


A new release is usually made about every two weeks. This could be earlier if a bug urgently needs fixing, or later if I'm busy with other things or no new changes are ready for release.

Released versions can be downloaded from https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/new-tab-tools/

Common Problems

Any new tab I open shows up as blank.

Does your new tab page have 9 little grey squares in the top corner? If it does, click it.

How do I add a tile?

The easiest way to add a tile is to drag a link onto the new tab page from the history/bookmarks window or sidebars. You can also drag a link from just about anywhere. To drag a link in from another tab, pull it onto the tab itself at the top of the screen and hover there until Firefox switches tabs.

Tiles can also be added using the options/preferences pane.

The text is hard to read against my background picture.

Get a better background picture.

That probably seems harsh, but do you open a new tab to look at the background, or to click on things?

I added a tile but it has no thumbnail.

Firefox won't create a thumbnail until you visit a page. In some cases it won't ever create one (blame Firefox, not me).

How to report a problem

New Tab Tools' issue tracker is on GitHub. This is by far the best way to report an issue with New Tab Tools.


You might be here because you'd like to see New Tab Tools in your language. Great!

To translate, you can:

  • Fork the Git repository, translate, and send me a pull request. Some knowledge of creating Mozilla add-ons is required.
  • Or, visit the project's page on Zoo, a website for add-on translation. (Please note that Zoo is under development, and could break at any time. It's mostly stable though.)

Contribute code

Want to add some functionality to New Tab Tools? Feel free to send me a pull request.

To get a working version of this repo in your Firefox profile, clone it into your extensions directory as newtabtools@darktrojan.net and start Firefox.

cd [your profile dir]/extensions
git clone git://github.com/darktrojan/newtabtools.git newtabtools@darktrojan.net


Releases are made from the master branch. Previously there was an unreleased branch, but I've removed it.


Each version I upload to AMO is tagged with a version number. Some things tagged with a version number are not on AMO.

Contribute money

Add-ons are available for free, but developing and supporting them does take a considerable amount of time. Please consider making a donation to help me pay my bills. You can contribute any amount you like through PayPal via addons.mozilla.org. (Note though that for amounts smaller than about US$1, PayPal takes most of it.)

You can also send BitCoin if you prefer. See the same link for an address.