Humble New Tab Page is an elegant new tab replacement extension for Firefox and Chrome

There are many new tab replacements obtainable for Firefox and Chrome. One of my favorites is Group Speed Dial.

Humble New Tab Page default

But if what you need is one thing easier and elegant, Humble New Tab Page is an excellent option to go along with.

HNTP as its abbreviated requires permissions to learn and modify bookmarks, entry not too long ago closed tabs, browser tabs and the searching historical past. You will see why it wants these in a minute.

Once you put in the add-on, it takes over the new tab web page. The design is fairly simplistic, with a plain background and two columns of folders displayed on the web page. The left column accommodates the next: Bookmarks Menu, Bookmarks Toolbar, Other Bookmarks, Mobile Bookmarks.

And these are those on the fitting column: Most Visited, Recent Bookmarks, Recently Closed. The add-on pulls the data out of your browser’s Bookmarks Manager, that is why it wants these permissions. Those folders open their namesakes, i.e., the “Most Visited”  part shows your most frequented websites, the “Recently Closed” folder has tabs that you just closed not too long ago and so on.

Select a folder to broaden it and listing its contents; this shows all bookmarks within the folder together with sub-folders, the title of bookmarks and the favicon of the web sites. You can not handle your bookmarks straight from the Humble New Tab Page, you will have to make use of the browsers’ instruments for deleting, creating new hyperlinks and folders, and many others.

Right-clicking on a folder permits you to open all hyperlinks in a folder, create a new column or transfer the folder up/down or proper/left. You can drag and drop folders to create a new column too. Creating a new column would not add a new folder, as a substitute it expands a folder completely. This is not a bug. If a column accommodates a single folder, it’s going to broaden the hyperlinks in it.

However, when you add another folder to the column, they are going to seem as regular directories. Let me present you an instance. I need to transfer the Games folder to a new column.

HNTP example

Humble New Tab Page will broaden it like this, it does look a bit cluttered, would not it?

HNTP example 2

Moving a second folder to the new column fixes the issue.

HNTP example 3

The look of Humble New Tab Page is totally customizable. Use the wrench icon within the prime proper nook to go to the Options web page.

Humble New Tab Page is an elegant new tab replacement extension for Firefox and Chrome

There are 4 tabs on this side-panel: Settings, Appearance, Import/Export/Advanced.

Settings

This tab has choices to set the tab conduct: open in present tab, new tab and new tab background. You might select the place the extension will get the web site icons from, utilizing the favicons from a web site or from engines like google. Don’t desire a specific folder to be displayed in new tabs? For e.g., the Most Visited folder. The Content part can be utilized to disable the default folders which I discussed earlier. This panel is sort of like a soft-reset for the default folders, so in case you mess one thing up with these, you’ll be able to uncheck the corresponding choice and allow it once more to “reset” them.

Appearance

This panel permits you to change the font sort, measurement, colours of the textual content, background, spotlight, spotlight textual content, shadow. There are a couple of themes obtainable that you could be use; these are principally presets and a few of these shades are those you see within the screenshots on the add-on’s official web page.

Humble New Tab Page themes

The extension makes use of hex coloration codes for textual content and background. If you are on Windows 10, open the Settings app and search for Font Settings. Get the title from it, and enter it within the “Font” subject of HNTP’s choices. Of course, you will have to obtain and set up your favourite fonts to make use of them.

You might choose an on-line picture or a neighborhood one and use it too. So, you’ll be able to rework the new tab web page to appear to be something you need like your favourite music album cowl, film poster, sport artwork, model logos, and many others. Here are some examples. I personalized it to appear to be Star Wars and Yakuza zero.

You do not have to make use of photographs, plain backgrounds look fantastic too.

Import/Export

Humble New Tab Page import and export

This tab helps you to copy your settings which is the export choice. To import beforehand saved one, simply paste the code within the field. Since the add-on doesn’t assist Firefox sync, this is the one method to protect your settings throughout installations.

Advanced

Humble New Tab Page advanced

There are two panes on this tab, generated CSS and Custom CSS. Observe the primary one and you will notice that it has your present settings. That’s as a result of the entire idea of the extension is depending on CSS code to interchange to the new tab. Essentially, the settings serves as a GUI and all its choices are there to generate the code.

Humble New Tab Page is an open supply extension.

Closing Words

The solely actual downside with the add-on is the dearth of a reset or undo choice. I needed to take away and re-install it many instances whereas testing the create columns characteristic. That and the truth that you’ll be able to’t edit bookmarks straight are the true points.

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