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What’s it for?

You might not think about it but you likely open a new browser tab many times a day. A Fine Start is for making that page more useful and nice than what browsers show by default. When you open a new tab with A Fine Start, you get a simple list of links, grouped and sorted how you like. Whether it is links to your email and calendar, or your guilty YouTube pleasures is up to you.

How it works

A Fine Start stores your bookmarks directly in your browser. When you have a Premium subscription, your bookmarks are also stored online so that you can access them on multiple devices and browsers.

Important note for the web version (does not apply to extensions): If you clear your browser’s cookies and personal data, you will lose the local copy of your bookmarks. Again, this only applies to the web version. If you have a Premium subscription, you can login and recover your bookmarks. But otherwise they will be gone. If you have a lot of bookmarks and you don’t have a subscription, consider backing up your bookmarks using the export tool.

Setting up your new tab page

In Chrome: Install the official A Fine Start Chrome extension.

In Firefox: Install the official A Fine Start add-on for Firefox

In Safari: Make https://afinestart.me/bookmarks your homepage in Safari → Preferences. Then set new tabs to open with the homepage.

Using A Fine Start as your homepage

In Chrome, go to Settings > Appearance. Select “Show home button” and select “New Tab page.”

In Firefox, set this URL as your homepage:
moz-extension://8e7f5414-cebd-884f-af49-f8c0b264770a/bookmarks/index.html

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get my bookmarks on another computer?

You have two options if you want your bookmark collection on more than one web browser or device:

  1. If you click Settings, you will find a tool for exporting your bookmarks. The export tool will generate some code. Save this code wherever you like. Using A Fine Start on your other browser or device, go to Settings and use the import tool to load your bookmarks.
  2. If you have a Premium subscription, you can simply log in. Your browser will download the latest copy of your bookmarks from your account, and any additions or changes you make will appear on your other logged-in browsers.

My bookmarks are gone! What happened?

If you are using the free version, it means you may have cleared your browser’s website data, or your browser’s localStorage was deleted by some other means. In this case, there’s no way to recover your bookmarks. This only happens when using the web version. It is recommended that you use the official extensions for Chrome and Firefox.

If you have a Premium subscription and something has happened to your bookmarks, email blake@afinestart.me. I may be able to recover your bookmarks from a backup.

Why doesn’t the free version save my bookmarks online?

Two reasons: cost and privacy.

A Fine Start gives all of its essential functionality away for free. Syncing your bookmarks is a nice and convenient—but not critical—feature. Because the syncing service is what costs the most to maintain, it’s included as part of the premium subscription.

The other reason is privacy. I like the idea that you can use A Fine Start without giving me your email address and that you don’t have to store your bookmarks in an online account if you don’t want to. That said, if you do decide that you want a Premium subscription, you can trust that I won’t abuse my access to your data. For more, see A Fine Start’s privacy policy.