As you may know, Firefox 57 comes with a new user interface, known as "Photon". It is intended to provide a more modern, sleek feel that’s consistent across multiple platforms. It replaced the previous "Australis" UI and features new menus, a new customization pane and tabs without rounded corners. If you don't like the refined appearance of the new tab page, you can restore its classic look and disable the activity stream feature.
Firefox 57 is a huge step forward for Mozilla. The browser comes with a new user interface, codenamed "Photon", and features a new engine "Quantum". It was a difficult move for developers, because with this release, the browser drops support for XUL-based add-ons completely! All of the classic add-ons are deprecated and incompatible, and only a few have moved to the new WebExtensions API. Some of the legacy add-ons have modern replacements or alternatives. Unfortunately, there are plenty of useful add-ons which have no modern analogs.
The Quantum engine is all about parallel page rendering and processing. It is built with a multi-process architecture for both CSS and HTML processing, which makes it more reliable and faster.
The new tab page of Firefox 57 comes with the search bar, top sites, Highlights and snippets. Some users do not like this change in the browser and prefer the old one, where you could have your top sites without extra options.
Enable Classic New Tab Page in Firefox 57
At the moment of this writing, there is a special hidden option in ' about:config ' which you can use to restore the classic look of the new tab page. At some point, it will be removed, so it is a temporary solution.
To enable the old tab page in Firefox 57, do the following.
- Open a new tab and enter the following text in the address bar:
Confirm that you will be careful if a warning message appears for you.
- Enter the following text in the search box:
See the following screenshot:
- You will see the parameter browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.enabled. Double-click on it to set it to false.
- Restart Firefox.
You are done! The default new tab page:
The classic tab page after making the changes described above:
Alternatively, you can disable the Activity Stream only. There are some options you can disable and make the new tab page blank.
Disable Activity Stream in Firefox 57
- Open a new tab to see the new tab page.
- On the top right, you'll see the tiny gear icon. It opens the page's options. Click it.
- Uncheck (turn off) items you do not want to see in the new tab page.