Mozilla will release new compact tab page with Firefox 56. It’s been a while since Mozilla has exposed compact new tab page they are working for Nightly users, it was hidden behind a preference in about:config. The company today enabled preference (‘true’) and enabled compact layout (6 columns, 2 rows) by default, which must be shipped with Firefox 56.
Mozilla has made the new compact tab page similar to Activity Stream, which replaces the new tab page and is planned to ship to a portion of users in v56.
FYI, Mozilla recently integrated Pocket Trending Stories into Activity Stream.
Disable compact New Tab Page and switch to an older one in Firefox
If you don’t like the new layout that shows small thumbnails, you can revert to the old one by changing ‘browser.newtabpage.compact’ preference value to false.
You need to restart your Firefox browser to see the changes.
Who looks at the new tab page these days in any browser? Let us know if you have anything interesting to say about your new tab.
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