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The Firefox web browser displays a list of top sites on the web browser's New Tab page by default next to a search field, highlights, soon downloads, and recommendations.


Mozilla changed the New Tab Page in Firefox 57 and introduced something that it called Activity Stream on it.


Top Sites are displayed just below the search form on the New Tab page in the Firefox browser. Firefox displays a single row of websites and services by default.


Top Sites are sites that are visited the most. Firefox gives users options to pin sites so that they become available. Each site you pin to Top Sites takes away a spot that is filled automatically by the browser.


You can also dismiss sites to hide them from the Top Sites listing and rearrange Top Sites using drag and drop.

How to add more Top Sites rows to Firefox

firefox add more top sites rows


It is easy enough to increase the row count to two as Mozilla added an option to do so. A click on the cogwheel icon on the New Tab page displays options to hide any element on it. You find the "show two rows" option under Top Sites and a second row is added to the Top Sites listing when you check it.


Note: Mozilla plans to move the preferences from the New Tab Page to the Settings. A click on the icon on the New Tab page opens the Firefox preferences then where you can make the change.


firefox top sites new row


Two rows of Top Sites may be sufficient for some Firefox users but what if you want more rows to display even more Top Sites on the New Tab page?

Firefox comes with built-in functionality to extend the Top Sites listing to more than two rows. You need to modify the web browser's configuration for that:

  1. Load about:config?filter=browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.topSitesRows in the Firefox address bar.
  2. Double-click on the preference browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.topSitesRows and change its value to the desired number of rows and click ok.
  3. Check the New Tab Page to see the change right away and modify the number of rows accordingly if needed.


firefox browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.topSitesRows


You can undo the change at any time in the following ways:

  • Right-click on the preference on about:config and select "reset" from the context menu.
  • Double-click on the preference and change the value to 1.



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Are there really people who use web browser like century ago? Where is the self-development?
Why not use the modern speed-dial homepage for it?

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I always enjoyed having 3 lines in the New Tab page, so I guess the tip was useful for me. (a.k.a. how to avoid 1 word to not get whole post deleted. :D )

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