Since I’ve been playing with Google Chrome, I’ve wanted the start page to be available in Firefox. There are a number of extensions and work arounds, but none that actually work well. That was until I found the Google Toolbar.

A new feature in Google Toolbar 5 is Chrome’s start page functionality. Once you install the toolbar on Firefox, you’ll get the option of enabling it.

Google Start Page Firefox

One downside I found, other than having to install the whole toolbar, is that it only worked on new tabs, not on new windows. I did some fiddling and was able to work around that by adding the following URL as Firefox’s home page in the preferences.

chrome://google-toolbar/content/new-tab.html

This then loads the Google Chrome like start page every time you open a Firefox window.

I have to say, the Google Toolbar is nice, but not something I really wanted to install. However, with the addition of the start page, it’s worth the install.

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