Removing most visited tiles etc from Firefox


  1. Posts : 11,209
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #1

    Removing most visited tiles etc from Firefox


    Hi folks
    Excuse if common knowledge but I certainly didn't know how to do it.

    If you want to remove / alter those tiles on firefox when using the browser (most visited websites etc) simply place the mouse on one (don't click etc) and wait until you see thre full stops at the top right of the tile. Move the mouse there --you'll see then menu --click that and it will give options of what you can do --e.g clear the history for that web site, dismiss the tile etc etc.

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    Saves having to clear entire cache, cookies and history.

    cheers
    jimbo
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  2. Posts : 161
    Windows 10
       #2

    It's called the 'Top Sites' feature. By manually removing the entries you don't actually remove the feature itself which is what most people want to do. You can disable this feature or modify it by going to Menu > Home > Firefox Home Content. From here you can choose whether these tiles appear or not and how many rows they take up.

    You can also enable/disable this feature through about:config with the follow preference:
    Code:
    browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.feeds.topsites
    = false (false is an example, it could be true and therefore enabled)

    And this one allows you to modify the amount of rows the 'Top Sites' feature takes up (numbered):
    Code:
    browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.topSitesRows
    = 1 (1 is an example, it could be 2 or 3 or 4 etc)

    For better privacy it's recommended to disable this feature.

    Another feature closely related is the 'Mozilla Snippets' feature which places content from Mozilla on the home-page (if not blank or custom). This can be annoying sometimes if you don't want to keep seeing stuff that might be irrelevant. Besides you won't miss updates and/or important information if you disable it as you will still get this.

    You can enable/disable this feature in about:config with this preference:
    Code:
    browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.feeds.snippets
    = false (or true, depending on your own preferences)

    If you want to avoid content like this when Firefox loads you can opt to have Firefox start with a blank page everytime it starts. You can do this like all others through about:config with this preference:
    Code:
    browser.startup.blankWindow
    = true (it can also be false if you want it to be, again, true is an example value)

    This preference ensures every tab you open will be a blank page if you want things to be clean and more private:
    Code:
    browser.newtab.url
    = about.blank
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  3. Posts : 25,075
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #3

    supermammalego said:
    It's called the 'Top Sites' feature. By manually removing the entries you don't actually remove the feature itself which is what most people want to do....
    Not me. I actually find it the most useful feature in Firefox and use it in preference to my bookmarks. In fact, I have it set as my Home page and New Tab page. I have four rows of eight tiles in my Top sites. I have my most used sites pinned to Top Sites, Ten Forums comes second only to my webmail.

    If you want to turn it off (or as I do, turn off everything but Top Sites) you can also do so in about:preferences#home


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  4. Posts : 161
    Windows 10
       #4

    Firefox is a privacy nightmare out of the box. Disabling lots of features help.
    You have to be able to balance convenience with privacy/security. This is basic stuff but it's very important today when we face such a vast and expansive digital world. Sometimes less is more.
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