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By default, IE9 will show 2 rows of your favorite sites on the about:tabs homepage. However, you can customize IE9 to show up to 5 rows with a simple registry modification.
Inside the NewTabPage registry key, create a REG_DWORD named NumRows, with a value of 2 to 5.
Or, simply merge one of the following registry scripts:
You'll need to restart IE in order to see the change.
Hope you're enjoying the IE9 Beta!
Update: In the comments, I mentioned that "If a HTTPS-delivered page is delivered with the headers Cache-Control: no-cache, or Cache-Control: no-store, or Pragma: no-cache, IE will not add the page to [...] NTP. Sadly, there are some big important sites that are delivered with such headers (e.g. GMail, IIRC)." IE9 Release Candidate relaxes that restriction and such sites are eligible to appear in the New Tab Page unless the user sets the "Do not save encrypted pages to disk" option inside Tools > Internet Options > Advanced.
IMHO this should be in the options -- no way am I going to suggest this to any of my non-technical friends or family.
Also, and forgive me for I don't have Win7 and therefore haven't used IE9, but is this the 'new tab page' now? If so, I like; the 'new tab page' seems to becoming more of a local portal -- which I think is a good thing. I look forward to more functionality and options for the new tab page (whether this is it or not) in the future!
Should also be noted that to use this registry edit, you will have to have history saved. If you have Delete Browsing History on Exit, checked, the registry entry for NewTabPage is deleted on exiting IE9 and you will have to recreate it each time you load IE9.
Not completely on topic, lets say you accidently delete a tab by X'ing it out, how do you return it?
@Lee: Good point.
@Zack: If you've hidden a site from the New Tab page, the only way (using IE's UI) to get it listed again is to clear your browser history. Doing so will clear the hashed entries under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TabbedBrowsing\NewTabPage\Exclude.
Thanks to Erics tip, I put together an app to adjust the about:tabs page without having to manually edit registry as well as a few other settings for IE9 www.thewindowsclub.com/ie9-tweaker-lets-you-tweak-internet-explorer-9-and-create-a-custom-home-page
What I am still missing is the recently visited HTTPS websites (and these are the most used ones) from the about:tabs window. is there any way to show them there also? otherwise the New Tab page is never going to survive - especially in smartphone/pad/tab-devices!
@hi: That's a great question. As it turns out, HTTPS pages *can* show up on the New Tab page with one important caveat. If a HTTPS-delivered page is delivered with the headers Cache-Control: no-cache, or Cache-Control: no-store, or Pragma: no-cache, IE will not add the page to the history list (it's been that way since IE5 for privacy reasons). Since the new tab page is built out of history, that's why those sites don't appear in the NTP. Sadly, there are some big important sites that are delivered with such headers (e.g. GMail, IIRC) which prevent them from appearing. The team is looking into what we should do about this.
Are there registry settings to stop the icon display and just output an A-Z ordered URL list of the most-used hostnames? Not everyone identifies sites by icon or wants the list to change each day because the "popularity" of the sites changes slightly (so, one day site A is no. 1 and the other day it is no. 2 and next day no. 1 ....)
Is there a way to edit or control what pages IE9 does show?
@BG2: You can prevent a site from showing by clicking the little "X" at the top-right of the tile. There is no way to force a tile to appear (short of visiting it a bunch of times).
@EricLaw: Thanks, would it be possible to know what hash system IE uses so that one could add sites to the list own their own?
Hi EricLaw, I installed the new RC and the https sites like gmail are still not showing?
@BoSo: I've updated the post to explain the RC change that allows GMail to appear.
@EricLaw: Hi, this works great, thanks a milllion! For the audience: the "Do not save encrypted pages to disk" option can be found under "Security"-category inside Tools > Internet Options > Advanced.
Hi Eric, can I use other application to get the IE9 popular site list?