Add More Sites to Internet Explorer 9's New Tab Page

Last Updated Oct 3, 2010 11:56 PM EDT

If you've spent much time with the new version of Internet Explorer, you've probably grown fond of the New Tab page, which shows your ten most frequently used Web sites. The page displays your favorites in thumbnail form, arranged in order of how frequently you use them. If you tend to visit less than 10 sites on a regular basis, everything you need is right there, and you don't even need to clutter the screen with a Favorites toolbar.

But what if you frequent more than ten sites on a regular basis? It would be handy to see more thumbnails in the New Tab page. I've got an easy way to do that.

EricLaw's IEInternals blog on MSDN gives you four simple links to click to expand the thumbnails to 3, 4, or 5 rows (which corresponds to 15, 20, or 25 Web sites) or revert back to the default 2 rows.

Personally, I expanded my New Tab page to 4 rows, which adds up to a beefy 20 Web page thumbnails. It's enough to accurately capture my most frequently used sites, but not so much that the page becomes an overwhelming grid of noise (which is probably why Microsoft settled on just 10 to begin with).

To update your copy of Internet Explorer 9, just click the link that corresponds to the number of rows you want, agree to the dire warning about modifying your registry, and then close and restart your IE9 browser windows. [via Download Squad]