FVD Speed Dial: Opera and Chrome Functionality for Firefox
Article by George Norman
On 26 Mar 2012
When you hit the new tab button in Firefox, you are presented with nothing but a blank page. That doesn’t happen with Google’s Chrome browser; when you hit the new tab button, you are presented with a list of frequently visited websites. Opera has something even better: Opera Speed Dial, a set of visual bookmarks that gives you quick access to your favorite websites.

The nice thing about Firefox is that you can always use add-ons to customize the way the Mozilla-developed browser works. In this case, if you want functionality similar to what Chrome and Opera have to offer, then you need to try the FVD Speed Dial add-on which is available for download for free here.


Once the FVD Speed Dial add-on is installed, you will be treated to something quite nice when you press the new tab button. Instead of a blank page, you are presented with dials – you can set whatever site you want for each of the dials just by clicking on them, you can create groups of dials, and you can manage those groups.

Opera users can vouch that using Speed Dial is a more efficient and more visually appealing way of checking their favorite sites. The FVD Speed Dial add-on provides functionality similar to Opera Speed Dial so Firefox users can have a similarly enjoyable experience.

And speaking about the visual experience, it must be said that you can adjust the size of the dials (big, medium, small, custom, or list), adjust the number of columns (the Auto option is selected by default), change the background color or text color, and pick an image to be used as the background.

If you’re on Firefox 11, have Sync turned on, and you get the FVD Speed Dial add-on, the browser will sync the add-on across all your devices. I remind you that Firefox 11, which was released earlier this month, can sync your bookmarks, passwords, preferences, history, tabs, and add-ons.

Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, AMO, Add-on, FVD Speed Dial, Google, Chrome, Opera Software, Opera, Speed Dial
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