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How to show Firefox bookmarks toolbar only on new tab

How to show the Firefox bookmarks toolbar only on the new tab page.

By default in Firefox the bookmarks toolbar appears on every open tab in the browser. You can toggle enable it with Ctrl + Shift + B, or show/hide using the browser's menu. What many users want is to have the bookmarks bar appear on the new tag page only, similar to what Google Chrome has. Here's how it can be done.

This most anticipated feature is already available in Firefox 84. It was added when this version was in the Nightly channel, and later it has become available in the stable release of the same version number.

The bookmarks bar in Firefox, when enabled, appears on every tab, including the currently open one, and on the new tab page.

One can toggle enable the bookmarks bar with a hotkey, Ctrl+Shift+B. Also, you can right-click the window frame next to the tab bar and check/uncheck the Bookmarks Toolbar entry from the menu.

Google Chrome can only display the bookmarks toolbar on the new tab page, and Firefox finally allows you to do the same.

This post will show you how to show the Firefox bookmarks toolbar only on the New Tab page. You need to do the following.

Show Firefox bookmarks toolbar only on new tab

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Type about:config in the address bar and press Enter.
  3. Click on Accept the Risk and Continue if prompted.
  4. In the search box, type browser.toolbars.bookmarks.2h2020.
  5. Double-click on the browser.toolbars.bookmarks.2h2020 parameter to set its value to true.
  6. Restart Firefox.
  7. Now, right-click anywhere on the title bar and select Bookmarks toolbar -> Only on New Tab.

You are done. The following screenshot shows how it works. The toolbar appears only on the new tab.

Besides the title bar right-click option, you can now use the main menu of Firefox (appears when you press the Alt key) for the same. You need to click on View > Toolbars > Bookmarks toolbar. See the following screenshot.

Also, you can directly change how the bookmarks toolbar will appear, e.g. to show it only on the new tab page. You can even omit the menu enablement option explained above by using another value for that.

Directly change the bookmarks bar visibility in Firefox

The Bookmarks menu toolbar changes a value in the Firefox configuration. It actually writes your choice to the browser.toolbars.bookmarks.visibility configuration option. You can check it in about:config.

By setting the browser.toolbars.bookmarks.visibility value to newtab you will make it appear on the new tab page only. The other values you can set are

  • always - always show the bookmarks toolbar.
  • never  - disable the toolbar.
  • newtab - only show the bookmarks toolbar on the new tab page.


If you are using Firefox 84, you can now make its bookmarks bar appear on the new tab page only. You can either enable a menu option for your convenience, or set the toolbar visibility in about:config directly for one-time action. Whichever method you use, both will allow you to achieve the desired result. It is a nice improvement made to Firefox, which many users were looking for years.

Thanks to msftnext.

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