Firefox 9 To Feature Speed Dial

By | August 25, 2011 | 20 Comments

Firefox 9 To Feature Speed DialWelcome to the 4 years ago.

According to the latest article on, Firefox 9 will be borrowing various Opera Speed Dial elements (introduced in Opera 9.2 on April, 2007) for its own good.

The following post covers some of the upcoming Firefox 9 new tab page features and mentions:

A grid of top 9-16 sites
Ability to manually add and remove sites
Ability to rearrange them

There is also one interesting point that states: it should not embarrass the user. Does it mean that users will also be able to assign custom icons and/or change site names?

Let’s wait and see.

[Thanks, Mark G]

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  • Armin

    First Chrome, now Firefox!

    • Александр Горбовец

      Speed dial appeared in this sequence:
      1. opera 
      2. chrome/safari (not sure who was prior)
      3. ie
      4. firefox

      • iui4


      • GG

        your list is crap wheres maxthon ?

        • Shane Bundy

          I think it was in this order:
          First – Opera
          Second – Chrome
          Third – Safari
          Fourth – Maxthon
          Fifth – IE
          Sixth – Firefox

          • Maxthonuser

            More like

            1 Opera
            2 Maxthon (Classic acquired this as user made add-on in Oct. 2007)
            …whoever came next.

          • Tiago Sa

            Firefox’s had speed dial as an add-on since 2005.

      • Herhor

        show me speed dial in chrome! (without an extension)

        • Lucy Saxon

          Erm… while Chrome tends to default with your most visited sites, you *can* pin sites as well, giving you more control. And this comes as default, without an extension. You can also easily remove any site listed there in .02 seconds using the handy ‘x’ on the thumbnail.

    • Anonymous


      -IE (with that tab overview) as a basis
      -Opera as the true speedial

  • mr_den

    “it should not embarrass the user”
    I guess it refers to the fact that safari/chrome/ie speed dial shows your most visited sites, and that could be embarrassing if it shows sites that you didn’t want (for any reason) everyone to see.

  • warrantyvoid

    Oh come on… Firefox used to be quick with implementing new features, why did it take them so long for a simple Speed Dial or their Opera-Link clone?

    • WOFall

      What? Firefox used to leave this stuff to extensions.

      • Asknobody

        Mozilla devs left so many things to extensions devs, that soon when users will start complaining about memory holes and slowness, Mozilla devs will say “hey, thats what are extensions for. We will keep experimenting with future standards and awesome ideas like Panorama. FF is perfect now. If you have any issues, just use extensions, bro”

  • Hitherehowareyoutoday

    Has Mozilla given up on being original?

    • Rafael

      Since they aren’t Netscape.

  • Whyamiusingthis

    Release a new version just to include speed dial?


    • Asknobody

      Thats new FF development cycle. +v1 – for a new feature, +v1 – for stabilizing after added new feature, +v1 – fixing some bugs, +v1 – for a new feature..

  • Ben

    I use the Fast Dial extension for my Home page. What I like about Fast Dial that
    none of the other alternatives have, is the ability to have tranparent
    backgrounds in the dials for icons. Here’s my setup:

  • sk

    None of the browsers could ever beat Opera in it’s own game.