New Tab JumpStart Gives Firefox An Extremely Chrome-Like Tab Page

New Tab JumpStart Gives Firefox An Extremely Chrome-Like Tab Page

Firefox: We’ve covered a number of ways to make Firefox new tab page look somewhat similar to Google Chrome’s: New Tab King or Speed Dial. Then there’s New Tab JumpStart, which blatantly copies Chrome’s new tab look.

It’s an experimental extension, meaning you’ll have to check one box saying you agree that it’s not 100 percent approved, and it doesn’t always play nice with other tab-controlling extensions like Tab Mix Plus (check the add-on comments for that particular fix). But JumpStart does do a darned good jobs of mimicking the features of Chrome’s tab page. There’s a customisable grid of your most visited pages, which you can “pin” for permanent position or “X” for removal. Then there’s a familiar right-hand list of your recent searches, recent bookmarks, and recently closed tabs.

There are definitely a few kinks to be worked out, especially in the most visited thumb creations, as a good number of pages end up with white or blank thumbnails. And, depending on your browser/OS setup, the background can be either pristine white or clunky grey. If you want a decently close copy of Chrome’s new tab page without installing a toolbar, though, it’s hard to beat JumpStart’s dedication.

New Tab JumpStart is a free and experimental download, works wherever Firefox does. Thanks Rudie!

New Tab JumpStart [Firefox Add-ons]


  • @all
    How many extensions do you all have running on FF? I only have 4, although I wish I could find one that auto-fills forms. And after this, my backup brower will definitely be Opera.

    Safari (including v4) is useless without Saft. Might pass Acid3, but Safari is getting worse, not better. Just converted to FF just after 4 release. Maybe I expect too much, but now I’ve converted to FF, I see why people like it.

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