Firefox 13 Comes with Two New Features

Mozilla recently updated the popular open source browser to version 13. It includes a new Homepage and New Tab Page. Is 13 a lucky number for Mozilla and Firefox?

Mozilla recently updated the popular open source browser to version 13. Is 13 a lucky number for Mozilla and Firefox? Here’s a look at using its two major new feature.

New Tab Page

Previously to get the New Tab Page with Speed Dial, you had to do a bit of tweaking with about:config. Now, just click the plus button to open a new page and you’ll see a list of recent and most frequently visited sites.

 New Tab Page

Left click and hold the mouse button to arrange the sites in any order you want.

Move pages around

Or pin a site to its current location by pressing the tack icon. Or, to remove a site, click the X button.

Pin Site

New Firefox Homepage

Along with the New Tab Page, Firefox 13 has a cool new homepage too. After the update to Firefox 13, you should see the new homepage by default.

If you don’t see it, click the Firefox button >> Options >> General. Then click the Restore to Default button. Click OK.

Firefox Options

Click the Home icon on the Awesome Bar and you’ll see the new page. At the bottom of the new home page there are icons that make Firefox easier to navigate.

There were a number of minor improvements made to the browser as well. Some of the new features are said to make browsing faster and that it will take less memory on your system. Of course Mozilla says that with every new Firefox version. I just downloaded it and will test out those claims.

You can get a full list of the features on the Firefox Notes page.

What about you guys? Have you tested out the new version? If so, leave us a comment and tell us about your experience.



  1. Austin Krause

    June 6, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I’m really digging the new version. I really like Opera but I’ve always had a bunch of minor annoyances with it.

    Firefox 13 is like Opera without the little annoyances that have always bugged me. I might switch to this from Chrome.

    • Brian Burgess

      June 6, 2012 at 10:20 am

      I thought I was going to dislike the New Tab Page…but after using it for a while now, I am digging it.

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