New tab page for Google Chrome™ and Firefox®

Tired of using slow new tab pages based on external services? NelliTab is not a self configured "Speed Dial", this extension just shows your bookmarks, top sites and history by showing cached icons offered by sites you visit, nice, customizable, fast and with no privacy concerns.

  • Shows web apps (Chrome™ only), bookmarks, top sites and history
  • Uses icons offered by sites you visit and not by using any external services
  • Caches icons in local storage for fast loading of new tab page and offline use
  • Simple editing your bookmarks and deleting of history entries
  • Grouping history items by domain or hostname in folders
  • Upload your own icons and wallpaper
  • Light, dark and custom themes by defining own colors
  • Lot of other customizations such as icon size, border radius etc.
  • Experimental support for backdrop filters in Google Chrome™
  • Does not collect or transmit any personally identifiable information about you
  • Fully supported languages are English and German
  • Contains other languages provided by the community but they are uncompleted and unsupported

Note:  There are lot of websites not having "Touch" icons. The first char of domain will be shown instead.

Last updated:  April 12, 2018

NelliTab ("Extension") and the website ("Product Website") are provided by Thomas Werner ("Author").

The Extension reads and manages your local web apps (Chrome™ only), bookmarks and browsing history to show them with an icon on the new tab page. Icons are collected while you visiting websites by looking for images in META and LINK tags of the HTML header. Other tags in the header of visited website, also META and LINK tags which not contain images by definition, as well as the entire HTML body are not scanned.

Internet connections are only used by the Extension for loading these collected icons, but only from sources defined by websites you visit. The Extension and Product Website do not use any web-based services such as image proxies, content delivery networks, measurement products etc. which could expose your privacy, either from third parties or from the Author.

Collected Icons and URLs are stored together with your made settings for this Extension in the local storage of your browser. By the "same-origin policy" such data cannot be access by a different "origin" (e.g. another extension or website). Icons and URLs which are not shown for 31 days, or Icons with not bookmarked URLs but removed from history will be deleted from your local storage as soon as possible by the garbage collector. If needed you can delete these in the options page immediately.

The Extension and the Product Website do not use Cookies and do not collect, process or store any personally identifiable information about you, your name, email address, geographic location, IP address (e.g. in log files) etc. Neither such personally identifiable information about you, nor any other information such as settings, bookmarks, browser history, local storage, used web apps (Chrome™) and extensions etc. will be transmitted to the Author or anyone else.

The same applies for personal data on a voluntary basis (e.g. email communication). But the Author would like to point out that data transmissions via internet (e.g. for e-mail communication) cannot be entirely secure and may have security vulnerabilities. A complete protection of personal details against unauthorised access by third parties is not possible for such transmissions.

This Privacy Policy applies only to the Extension and the Product Website, and not to websites owned by third parties. The Author is not responsible for any content of external websites you bookmark or visit and as well to show them in the Extension. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy statement of any website you visit.

The Author is obligated to publish contact information in the Legal Notice of the Extension and the Product Website. The use of such contact information by third parties for the purpose of distributing unsolicited advertisements or other commercial information is prohibited. The Author reserves the right to take legal measures in case of being sent unsolicited commercial information, e.g. spam mails etc.

Extension requires permissions to:

"Read and change all your data on the websites that you visit"

Extension needs access to the header of HTML code from websites you visit to determine and to store the best matching icon.

"Read and change your bookmarks"

Allow to show your bookmarks on new tab page and change them upon your request.

"Read and change your history"

Allow to show top sites and websites from history on new tab page and to delete them upon your request.

"Manage your apps, extensions and themes"

Allow to show and overwrite launch settings of your applications on new tab page.

Last updated: April 12, 2018

Please read this End-User License Agreement ("Agreement") carefully before clicking the "I Agree" button, downloading or using NelliTab ("Extension").

By clicking the "I Agree" button, downloading or using the Extension, you are agreeing to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

This Agreement is a legal agreement between you (either an individual or a single entity) and Thomas Werner ("Author") and it governs your use of the Extension made available to you by the Author.

If you do not agree to the terms of this Agreement, do not click on the "I Agree" button and do not download or use the Extension.

The Extension is licensed, not sold, to you by the Author for use strictly in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.


The Author grants you a revocable, non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited license to download, install and use the Extension strictly in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.


You agree not to, and you will not permit others to:

license, sell, rent, lease, assign, distribute, transmit, host, outsource, disclose or otherwise commercially exploit the Extension or make the Extension available to any third party.

modify, make derivative works of, disassemble, decrypt, reverse compile or reverse engineer any part of the Extension.

remove, alter or obscure any proprietary notice (including any notice of copyright or trademark) of NelliTab or its affiliates, partners, suppliers or the licensors of the Extension.

Intellectual Property

The Extension, including without limitation all copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets and other intellectual property rights are, and shall remain, the sole and exclusive property of the Author.

Your Suggestions

Any feedback, comments, ideas, improvements or suggestions (collectively, "Suggestions") provided by you to NelliTab with respect to the Extension shall remain the sole and exclusive property of the Author.

NelliTab shall be free to use, copy, modify, publish, or redistribute the Suggestions for any purpose and in any way without any credit or any compensation to you.

Modifications to Extension

The Author reserves the right to modify, suspend or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Extension or any service to which it connects, with or without notice and without liability to you.

Updates to Extension

The Author may from time to time provide enhancements or improvements to the features/functionality of the Extension, which may include patches, bug fixes, updates, upgrades and other modifications ("Updates").

Updates may modify or delete certain features and/or functionalities of the Extension. You agree that the Author has no obligation to (i) provide any Updates, or (ii) continue to provide or enable any particular features and/or functionalities of the Extension to you.

You further agree that all Updates will be (i) deemed to constitute an integral part of the Extension, and (ii) subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

Third-Party Services

The Extension may display, include or make available third-party content (including data, information, applications and other products services) or provide links to third-party websites or services ("Third-Party Services").

You acknowledge and agree that the Author shall not be responsible for any Third-Party Services, including their accuracy, completeness, timeliness, validity, copyright compliance, legality, decency, quality or any other aspect thereof. The Author does not assume and shall not have any liability or responsibility to you or any other person or entity for any Third-Party Services.

Third-Party Services and links thereto are provided solely as a convenience to you and you access and use them entirely at your own risk and subject to such third parties' terms and conditions.

Term and Termination

This Agreement shall remain in effect until terminated by you or the Author.

The Author may, in its sole discretion, at any time and for any or no reason, suspend or terminate this Agreement with or without prior notice.

This Agreement will terminate immediately, without prior notice from Nelli Tab, in the event that you fail to comply with any provision of this Agreement. You may also terminate this Agreement by deleting the Extension and all copies thereof from your mobile device or from your computer.

Upon termination of this Agreement, you shall cease all use of the Extension and delete all copies of the Extension from your mobile device or from your computer.

Termination of this Agreement will not limit any of the Author's rights or remedies at law or in equity in case of breach by you (during the term of this Agreement) of any of your obligations under the present Agreement.


You agree to indemnify and hold the Author and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, employees, agents, partners and licensors (if any) harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, due to or arising out of your: (a) use of the Extension; (b) violation of this Agreement or any law or regulation; or (c) violation of any right of a third party.

No Warranties

The Extension is provided to you "AS IS" and "AS AVAILABLE" and with all faults and defects without warranty of any kind. To the maximum extent permitted under applicable law, the Author, on its own behalf and on behalf of its affiliates and its and their respective licensors and service providers, expressly disclaims all warranties, whether express, implied, statutory or otherwise, with respect to the Extension, including all implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title and non- infringement, and warranties that may arise out of course of dealing, course of performance, usage or trade practice. Without limitation to the foregoing, the Author provides no warranty or undertaking, and makes no representation of any kind that the Extension will meet your requirements, achieve any intended results, be compatible or work with any other software, applications, systems or services, operate without interruption, meet any performance or reliability standards or be error free or that any errors or defects can or will be corrected.

Without limiting the foregoing, neither the Author nor any the Author's provider makes any representation or warranty of any kind, express or implied: (i) as to the operation or availability of the Extension, or the information, content, and materials or products included thereon; (ii) that the Extension will be uninterrupted or error-free; (iii) as to the accuracy, reliability, or currency of any information or content provided through the Extension; or (iv) that the Extension, its servers, the content, or e-mails sent from or on behalf of the Author are free of viruses, scripts, trojan horses, worms, malware, timebombs or other harmful components.

Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of or limitations on implied warranties or the limitations on the applicable statutory rights of a consumer, so some or all of the above exclusions and limitations may not apply to you.

Limitation of Liability

Notwithstanding any damages that you might incur, the entire liability of the Author and any of its suppliers under any provision of this Agreement and your exclusive remedy for all of the foregoing shall be limited to the amount actually paid by you for the Extension.

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, in no event shall the Author or its suppliers be liable for any special, incidental, indirect, or consequential damages whatsoever (including, but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, for loss of data or other information, for business interruption, for personal injury, for loss of privacy arising out of or in any way related to the use of or inability to use the Extension, third-party software and/or third-party hardware used with the Extension, or otherwise in connection with any provision of this Agreement), even if the Author or any supplier has been advised of the possibility of such damages and even if the remedy fails of its essential purpose.

Some states/jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.


If any provision of this Agreement is held to be unenforceable or invalid, such provision will be changed and interpreted to accomplish the objectives of such provision to the greatest extent possible under applicable law and the remaining provisions will continue in full force and effect.


Except as provided herein, the failure to exercise a right or to require performance of an obligation under this Agreement shall not effect a party's ability to exercise such right or require such performance at any time thereafter nor shall be the waiver of a breach constitute waiver of any subsequent breach.

Amendments to this Agreement

The Author reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace this Agreement at any time. If a revision is material the Author will provide at least 30 days' notice prior to any new terms taking effect. What constitutes a material change will be determined at the Author's sole discretion.

By continuing to access or use the Extension after any revisions become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised terms. If you do not agree to the new terms, you are no longer authorized to use the Extension.

Governing Law

The laws of Lower Saxony, Germany, excluding its conflicts of law rules, shall govern this Agreement and your use of the Extension. Your use of the Extension may also be subject to other local, state, national, or international laws.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this Agreement, please contact the Author.

Entire Agreement

The Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and the Author regarding your use of the Extension and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous written or oral agreements between you and NelliTab.

You may be subject to additional terms and conditions that apply when you use or purchase other the Author's services, which the Author will provide to you at the time of such use or purchase.

Known Issues

Whenever NelliTab with a dark theme is opened, there's a white flash. By default empty tabs in most browser are white, only private windows in Firefox® are purple. The white background is shown before calling any extension data. I can only guess that white was chosen, that most website are bright and not dark. But I do not understand why there is no such development option for extensions. Maybe they add something soon or the other solution could be that Chrome™ and Firefox® adds support for native dark mode.

New tab page is not shown after Firefox® started. There are 2 Firefox® bugs. If NelliTab is always not displayed at start please disable the extension, restart Firefox® and re-enable NelliTab. But if NelliTab is not shown sporadically, there is currently no solution. Because add-ons are loaded asynchronously. There is a chance that Firefox® will open first tab faster than load extensions overriding it and so it displays the default page. I hope it will be fixed soon by Firefox® (

There are lot of rendering issues with enabled experimental backdrop filters in Google Chrome™ (e.g. rounded corners Please reduce border radius to avoid UI glitches. NelliTab disables as well all icon shadows and some hover effects with filters like "Glow" when backdrop filters are used until its fixed by Google™.

In Opera its not possible to define a new tab page. NelliTab is just overwriting the start page. Please remove all items from Opera's start page under the section "Start page" in the settings page to minimise flashing. Make sure that you only see the settings button in the top right corner before you activate NelliTab.

2018.19 beta

Option "Root Folder(s)" accepts now more than one folder to show multiple bookmark sections.

Added new option to display sections as tabs.

Made some tweaks to get NelliTab working with Opera.

Added new option "Themed scrollbars" (non-Mac browsers only).

Added "Downloads" to right panel (Chrome™ based browsers only).

Fixed edit form for internal URLs.

Fixed drag'n drop layout issues in compact view.

Fixed wrong order of history items if grouping is enabled.

Fixed broken Changelog under Windows.

Fixed Cmd-Click to open bookmarks in new tabs for Mac.

2018.18 beta

Fixed layout issues with folder opacity "0%".

2018.17 beta

Added new option to select Google™ for icon search.

Fixed an issue that images dragged from DuckDuckGo which are behind a proxy and/or redirecting to a page could not be dropped on an icon. A good example are results from etc.

2018.16 beta

New option to define "Right mouse click" e.g. for activating new context menu or keeping legacy behaviour to leave folder or close forms.

Uploading icons via drag'n drop. Just drop an image from disk or any website on an icon. But as in the edit form you have to choose between "Host" (e.g. or "URL" (e.g.

Added a link to search for an icon on DuckDuckGo. Press "Shift" to see the magnifying glass on any icon or use the the link inside the edit dialog or in the new context menu. NelliTab opens a new window containing image results from DuckDuckGo, but please click on an image and use the enlarged image below for drag'n drop.

Upload field for wallpaper(s) accepts multiple files. When opening a new tab page NelliTab selects from all uploaded files a random wallpaper. Drag'n drop is supported as well, except in the options page of Firefox®. Please use for drag'n drop the options page in the right panel. In Chrome™ there is no such limitation.

Form to create bookmarks by hand. Press "Shift" to see the new icon in the upper right corner of the bookmark section or if activated please click "New bookmark" in the context menu.

Sorting bookmarks by title. Press "Shift" as well to see the new icon in bookmarks section or use the new context menu to sort your bookmarks.

As in options page added dialogs "About" and "Release Notes" in new tab page.

Removed quota limitation for wallpapers. But please keep in mind, the bigger the files the slower NelliTab.

Fixed annoying bug that "Maybe later" of donation dialog were not saved.

Improved start time of NelliTab. But there is still lot of work for installations with many bookmarks.

Fixed Shift+Ctrl+Click (Mac Shift+Cmd+Click) to open link in a new "active" tab. For open a link in a background tab please use Ctrl+Click (Mac Cmd+Click) only.

Option "Do not ignore launch settings" for Chrome™ Apps caused that bookmarks could not be opened anymore.

Fixed drag'n drop of Chrome™ apps.

2018.15 beta

Support for for private mode. For Chrome™ there is an extra switch "Allow in incognito" in the extension page of NelliTab. In Firefox® there is no such barrier and extensions are always allowed to run in private mode. But decided to add an extra checkbox to toggle private mode for NelliTab that users can decide to see the new tab page or the standard purple background. The purple background is still NelliTab, does not mean that NelliTab was not loaded.

By default standard and private mode use the same NelliTab settings. Added an extra checkbox that private mode can have own settings, e.g. to define a different theme for private windows. If separate settings are activated the options page under extensions are for standard mode only. For private mode please use the options in any private window directly.

Added default themes "Bright Dark", "Darkest" and "Purple".

Improved colour picker.

Fixed broken icon font colour in custom themes.

Fixed lot of layout issues in the options page.

2018.14 beta

Fixed an issue which prevent NelliTab from being loaded in Firefox® containers. Please note containers have their browser storage separated from other containers and you need to repeat your settings. The options in the extensions page do not have access to any containers. Thats why the options are now integrated in the right panel of new tab page without redirecting to external extensions page. Options in the extensions page still exist but made changes there are for standard tabs only and do not affect any container.

2018.13 beta

Added "Full width" to option "Icons per row" to use entire browser window for icons.

Fixed an issue which prevent options page from being loaded in Vivaldi browser.

2018.12 beta

To preserve the order of visted sites the option "grouping history" groups only repeating items and not items from entire history.

Fixed broken icon and link to edit bookmark folders on hover.

2018.11 beta

Added new checkbox "Compact view" in options page to reduce the column width of shown icons.

Fixed a calculation issue that on bigger icons the column width became disproportionately spacious. Thanks to Serge.

Fixed layout issues for icon style "Cards".

2018.10 beta

Extension for Google Chrome™ is now for free.

Added the buttons "Review" and "Patreon" to options page.

Added reminder for making a donation. Popup will be shown only once.

Button "Reset settings" does not delete the configuration for ribbons anymore.

Fixed layout issues of options page in Google Chrome™.

2018.9 beta

Added hover effects for icons and folders like "Glow", "Grow" etc.

Added option to control the background colour of transparent icons.

Added option to change the aspect ratio of icons.

Added new icon style "Cards".

Added "Reset settings" to options page.

Added confirm dialog for deleting the icon database.

Fixed broken "Icons per row" after changing icon size. Thanks to Serge.

Fixed uploading of custom icons with low dimensions.

2018.8 beta

Added default theme "NelliTab" as shown in screenshots.

Fixed rare bug where no history icons were shown in Firefox®.

Workaround to hide bookmarks separators in Firefox®.

Fixed tiny layout issues in options page.

2018.7 beta

Improved usability in options page by adding tiny helper icons in pick lists.

Added default themes "MS Black" and "One Dark".

Fixed folder opacity for custom themes.

Improved rendering of history items in groups.

Fixed uploading custom icons for URLs with port numbers.

2018.6 beta

Improved garbage collector to avoid wrong icon resets.

Workaround for missing cursor on editing an empty ribbon field in Firefox®.

2018.5 beta

Fine tuning of russian translations. Thanks to Sergey.

Fixed font colour in "Darker" theme.

2018.4 beta

Added basic russian translations. Thanks to Sergey.

Fixed an issue that top sites disappeared with enabled backdrop filters in Chrome™.

Fixed scrolling issue in Changelog.

2018.3 beta

Added breadcrumb navigation to folders. Thanks to Sergey.

Restored broken buttons for deleting history entries in Firefox®.

Fixed broken text selection with the mouse in input fields.

Fixed double backgrounds in sections caused that custom opacity is used twice and looked darker as wished.

Workaround for broken backdrop filters in "Top Sites".

2018.2 beta

Removed folder back button. Please use browser navigation buttons or right mouse click instead.

Broken result list for repeated searches.

2018.1 beta

First public beta

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