FF 91 : customizing default sites on NewTab page

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Maxime Accadia

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Sep 8, 2021, 5:41:00 AM9/8/21
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Hi,

For those interested in customizing the default sites on the newtab page : I had to set browser.topsites.useRemoteSetting : false in FF 91 ESR ; this wasn't needed in FF 78 ESR.

Here is an example for policies.json :

[...]
"Preferences": {
      "browser.newtabpage.pinned": {
        "Value" : "[{\"url\":\"https://univ-grenoble-alpes.fr\",\"label\":\"UGA\",\"searchTopSite\":false}]",
        "Status": "default"
      },
      "browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.improvesearch.topSiteSearchShortcuts": {
        "Value" : false,
        "Status": "default"
      },
      "browser.topsites.useRemoteSetting": {
        "Value": false,
        "Status": "default"
      },
      "browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.default.sites": {
        "Value" : "https://univ-grenoble-alpes.fr/,https://intranet.univ-grenoble-alpes.fr/",
        "Status": "default"
      }
    }
[...]

Regards,

Maxime Accadia - Université Grenoble Alpes

Jason Jackson

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Oct 15, 2021, 8:12:12 PM10/15/21
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Thanks Maxime.  I ran in to the same problem just trying to set “browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.default.sites” to an empty string.

 

I’m curious what exactly “browser.topsites.useRemoteSetting” is though…

 

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Mike Kaply

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Oct 18, 2021, 11:14:09 AM10/18/21
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You can see the bug here:


Basically we made it so that topsites can be set remotely versus hardcoding them. So yes, this new pref is needed now.

Mike

Jason Jackson

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Sep 13, 2022, 5:22:02 PMSep 13
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Hi Mike,

 

Was the FirefoxHome policy “SponsoredTopSites” added to address the issue below?  In other words, if I set this to false, does it replace setting browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.default.sites to an empty string, and/or setting browser.topsites.useRemoteSetting to false?

 

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Mike Kaply

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Sep 19, 2022, 11:37:03 AM (8 days ago) Sep 19
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SponsoredTopSites was only added control this checkbox:

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It lets you turn off the sponsored tiles that appear in topsites:

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It doesn't affect the other top sites.

Mike


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