Hi everyone 👋
I'm Justine, a product manager on the Firefox Desktop team! It's been a while since we last reached out for your invaluable feedback on the homepage, and as part of our effort to develop and enhance the experience, I wanted to open a new thread to hear your thoughts, ideas, and pain points.
Here are some questions we'd love to get your feedback on:
Your sentiments, suggestions, and insights are important to us. Whether it's a simple thought or a detailed message, we'd love to hear your from you!
If you are a MOBILE user and would like to provide feedback on that experience, please do so in this thread: Mobile Homepage Experience - Thread
Hello Justine, it's fantastic to see the Firefox Desktop team actively seeking user feedback for homepage enhancements. The default homepage offers familiarity, but improving its personalization options could enhance the experience. Introducing customizable widgets for news, weather, or bookmarks could cater to diverse user preferences. Observing elements from other browsers, like speed dials or quick access to frequently visited sites, might be valuable. Many users choose third-party websites or extensions as their homepage for specialised content or productivity tools. Enriching the default homepage with these functionalities could reduce reliance on external options. Your proactive engagement with users underscores Firefox's commitment to user-eccentric development.
Please release early features into the nightly channel whether they make it to the stable release or not. Nightly has no exciting features. It is boring.
Thank you for asking.
1. I would like to have a "+" button to pin a new site on the homepage. Now, for this purpose I have to edit one of the last frequently used pages: at first I pin it, then edit its URL and name. Also it would be great to have an option to hide this button through the "gear" menu when I don't need it.
2. I would like to have more characters to be shown in a pinned site name. Now, for me this number is just 9-10, and sometimes this is no enough.
3. Now I can change only a number of rows of pinned sites, but not a number of columnes. I think it would be more convenient to pick both parameters of a grid: 2x5, 2x10, 4x10, 8x8 etc. This would help me to organise my homepage: 1st row is for social medias, 2nd row is for sport news, 3rd row is for local news.
I don't use any extensions for my homepage as I rely on a standart browser kit. I believe that Firefox provides good privacy and would like to see it just more flexible and customizable.
Please provide a way of permanently removing the new tab ribbon beneath the menu bar. If this can't be done, please let me know how to roll-back to Version 115 or earlier.
I've been a loyal supporter of Mozaic/Mozilla since long before it was called Firefox. Don't make me switch at this late stage to Chrome/Chromium or (Heaven forbid!) NS Edge....
1. I like it, it's minimalist. But I don't really like how the shortcuts to the websites look, since I feel they are very small and have those gray colors around them, I wish they were a little bigger and didn't have those gray lines on the sides.
2. I think not, I'm not a big fan of browsers (mobile/pc) having their home page oversaturated.
3. Opera browser, on the home page you can put a variety of colors and customizable wallpapers.
I have a (crazy) suggestion, which is that Firefox settings actually work as advertised.
In my settings I selected to use a webpage as my homepage. Then I selected to have a blank page when opening a new tab. Then I changed my mind and selected Firefox home page again for new tabs. Then I deselected the web page for home page and reselected Firefox home page. Now it still loads a blank page and there's no way obvious to change it.
A further example is the setting to not jump to a new tab when opening from a bookmark. Which doesn't work. You go out on the internet, some clever person has told a bunch of stuff in about:config you can change. Which still doesn't work (Also - why should I?).
Why can't basic settings just work?
Thank you for the feedback. I agree that your settings should be easy and intuitive to use. I have a couple of questions:
1. What prompted you to change your homepage initially? And what prompted you to change the new tab page to 'blank'?
2. What prompted you to change it back to the default settings?
3. In settings, does it indicate that your New Tab page is set to a blank page? Or is it set to Firefox Home, but it opens blank pages anyway?
Please split "Sites you save and visit" into two options: "Sites you save" and "Sites you visit". Many of us do not want visited sites to come up in Shortcuts. It will make homepage look clean. This is available in Chrome, Brave, Vivaldi and many other prominent browsers too. I hope you will implement this very soon. I have attached a screenshot.
Please up vote this idea. Thank you.
Hi Justine - as an age old Firefox user, I'm probably one of the fewer (sounds like), that prefer a blank home page and also a blank new tab. I know you work hard on the project, but I want you to know that at least one of us prefer a clean home page. Thanks so much for your work and interest in our likings
Firefox allows you to generate a thumbnail for your pinned websites, which I think is really cool. You enter the URL and voila ... an image (if hyperlink to jpg/png) or screenshot (if hyperlink to website) is retrieved and stored.
The only thing is ... with the latest redesign of the New Tab Page, these screenshots/images are cramped into the tiny white squares (80x80), making them barely readable.
Maybe a more flexible grid could be offered (think of the tiles in the Windows 8 Start Menu), where you can choose to increase the size of the rectangles containing screenshots (Small, Medium, Large ...). Users could even make a combination of small and larger tiles. Larger tiles could also contain other content.
Being able to choose different backgrounds (solid color using a color picker, own photo through file picker or wallpaper from gallery) would be my no. 1 request though.
Thanks for listening!
Love the new look!! Looks smarter, cleaner, less busy but more relevant!!
I use English and New Zealand dictionaries, not much else.
PS - Sorry, I was carried away. I was referring to ThunderBird, not FireFox. DUH!
Justine, this is sort of homepage related as it pertains to what I want when Firefox starts. If this is not your area, PLEASE pass it on appropriately.
Currently I have 3 windows open with 68, 109 and 27 tabs respectively. This is heavy on the memory and processing power of the PC. I would like to have a greater number of smaller windows, and only open the windows that I need at any specific time. To do this I would need to be able to name a window when I close it, and a means to open only the window(s) that I want, when I want them. Firefox has for a long time saved the contents of ALL windows when I choose EXIT, rather than CLOSE, and then opens ALL windows when I restart. It would seem to be a simple task to allow me to name these windows upon closure, and to choose which ones I want to open the next time. This would greatly improve my PC's memory and CPU use, improve system stability overall, and greatly help me to organize my browsing sessions according to the selected tasks at hand.
Thank you for laying this out! This is incredibly insightful and I'm making note of them to bring back to the team.
We really appreciate you taking the time to detail your feedback and we're committed to improving mobile's user experience!
The new design has worsen some of the user experience. But I think a lot of people already mentioned this and didn't like the change as soon as the design was changed. When you have multiple tabs open it's so difficult now to find what tab has an active video playing on it... this was not an issue before. I'm constantly trying to locate the tab now.
Also, a friend of mine is a senior developer and he mentioned that it makes no sense that FF is running massive memory on tabs that are not active. In fact, even if I only have one tab active and others are fully closed but sit in potential reload position, the Task Manager shows many tabs running in the background that are not even active or open... I also don't understand when I have ALL tabs closed, no reload tabs waiting in the background, and I open ONE tab - Task Manager will soon show as if 12, 15, 20 tabs are running and you only have one single tab.
FF is a massive CPU and memory hawk and people have pointed this out for so many years yet nothing is ever done to improve on it.
Thunderbird is a great product that I've been using I guess since Eudora turned to crap. I've never commented on past changes because I'm one of the many who never get around to contributing.
I like being able to view more incoming e-mail subject lines. That's useful.
Highlighting the number of number of unread e-mails in each folder is ridiculous! It hits me in the head like a 2x4 when I just glance at the page. Message counts now are the single most visible item on the screen. (I know I have tens of thousands of e-mails, but I wouldn't have that many if there were good automatic archiving and message cleanup tools.)
While I'm at it, please bring back the dropdown get-message account selection. Now I have to click twice to get messages from any account I'm not in at that moment.
Thanks very much for all your hard work!
Gentilissima Justine, premettendo che non ho molta conoscenza e praticità nell'utilizzo di Thunderbird ed è la prima volta che scrivo, desidero esprimere il mio più vivo disappunto per le modifiche apportate nell'ultima versione. Per quanto mi riguarda hanno reso molto più complicata la semplicità della sua gestione. Capisco che bisogna sempre migliorare, ma peggiorare no.