Not to take something away from Opera’s iconic pace dial, however Group Speed Dial for Firefox has presumably the most effective customizable new tab page I’ve ever used.
When Mozilla made WebExtensions the only available option in Firefox 57, it killed many legendary add-ons. One of those was for my part, Speed Dial by Josep Del Rio.
If you are a creature of behavior, and have a tendency to or go to the identical web sites each day, a Speed Dial page might be extra handy than common bookmarks. The default new tab page in Firefox is okay, however I needed extra. That’s after I got here throughout Group Speed Dial by Juraj Mäsiar.
It appeared like a fork of the unique add-on, one thing which I wasn’t anticipating in any respect. It appeared to me just like the creator additionally missed Speed Dial, and had created the new extension. Group Speed Dial has a lot of nifty options, a few of which can have been added over time since its debut.
Group Speed Dial – Basic Usage
Once you put in the add-on, it successfully replaces the “new tab page”, with pace dials which act as visible bookmarks to the net pages that you really want. To create a new pace dial, click on on an empty tile and paste the URL of the net page within the “Link to page” area.
Tip: You can rapidly add a web site to the speed-dial, by clicking the add-on’s icon and deciding on “Add this page to dial”.
For e.g. You might hyperlink to the Ghacks.internet homepage, to rapidly go to the weblog. Since it is a visible bookmark extension, it generates a preview of the net page. You can refresh the dial’s thumbnail, to maintain it updated.
Tip: Some previews could require you to sign up to the particular web site.
By default, the pace dial page has 9 dials in a three by three format. You can nonetheless, customise the settings so as to add extra. You also can add extra pages, or Groups, because the extension’s title suggests. Each page has a three x three grid, which you’ll be able to customise. You may give every group a title to maintain issues effectively organized.
Tip: There are some ways to arrange the dials. Want to maneuver a dial to a completely different dial? Click and drag it to the dial place and let go. This additionally works if you wish to transfer dials between group.
Click on the extension’s icon on the toolbar, and you will notice pop-up menu with a few choices together with one which says, “Options”, besides this one helps you to modify the extension’s settings.
The choices page lets you choose between a white and a darkish theme. The Dials and Groups appearances might be custom-made to your liking as effectively together with the thumb nail dimension, . You can set Group Speed Dial to all the time open in new tab, all the time open in new window, auto swap to new tab and so forth, .
You can use a customized background for your Speed Dials. The add-on helps you to select among the many following background choices: None, Bing picture of the day, Gradient colours, An image saved in your pc, An image from URL and even a web-page.
Note: When you utilize a background, there perhaps a slight delay (a split-second) when the new tab page hundreds.
Backup/Restore Dials and Settings
This is an extremely helpful choice. When I put in Group Speed Dial, I used to be pleasantly stunned to have the ability to import my settings/dials from Speed Dial. This bought the extension prepared to make use of in a matter of seconds. Similarly, you need to use the backup choice within the extension to save lots of all of your pace dials and settings. Keep a copy of this in your cloud storage account or a moveable drive, in case you might want to re-install Windows otherwise you’re switching computer systems/laborious drives or need to refresh Firefox.
Tip: There is one other extension referred to as “Ctrl + Number for Group Speed Dial”, made by the identical creator. Installing this plugin means that you can use keyboard shortcuts to rapidly open the dial you need. E.g. Ctrl + 1 for the first dial, Ctrl + 5 for the fifth, and so forth.
Group Speed Dial has elective cloud primarily based options, however I choose to make use of it offline, as I solely use Firefox. The extension is additionally accessible for Google Chrome and Opera, however I’ve not used these, and therefore can’t touch upon them.
Now you: What do you utilize for a pace dial or new tab page?