Get An Awesome New Tab Page For Google Chrome

Awesome New Tab Page   Get An Awesome New Tab Page For Google ChromeAwesome New Tab Page (aNTP) is a Google Chrome add-on that turns the new tab page (NTP) into a metro-like browser home screen. In addition to icons that lead to your favorite websites, this add-on offers dynamic widgets that instantly update you on what’s going on. Your Awesome New Tab Page is fully customizable, meaning you can change the content, positioning, size, color, and type of content.

The aNTP add-on is based on the idea that icons no longer live up to the needs of the users and the ability of the technology. Hence they should be complemented with dynamic and interactive widgets. While widgets are potentially resource intensive, aNTP does add value by allowing you to quickly see and access what is important to you whenever you open a NTP.

Take The Tour

When you first open a new tab after installing Awesome New Tab Page, you can take a short tour, which explains the add-on step by step. Simply click the Next button in the top left tile.

Awesome New Tab Page Tour   Get An Awesome New Tab Page For Google Chrome

Unlock & Customize

After you have gained an overview by taking the short tour, go ahead and click the unlock icon to unlock your aNTP. Now you can customize your NTP. Start by deleting the tour and any other tiles you have no interested in.

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While your the page is unlocked, you can click the apps and widgets icons and drag&drop installed Chrome apps and aNTP widgets onto your new tab page.

Install & Add Widgets

Awesome New Tab Page lives and breathes through widgets. There are a few stock widgets that come pre-installed, but they are not very exciting. However, the creators of aNTP encourage developers to enhance aNTP by creating additional widgets. You can find these on the Chrome Web Store.

Here are 7 widgets I recommend installing:

Note that you need to open a new tab and then load the widgets window to see all recently installed widgets.

To add installed widgets to your NTP, click the widgets icon and drag&drop widgets to the NTP.

Awesome New Tab Page Widgets   Get An Awesome New Tab Page For Google Chrome

Adjust Settings

Click the configure icon to adjust minor settings, such as the background color or which country to use for the stock Amazon shortcut. There seems to be a little bug with the color picker, as it doesn’t disappear automatically. Close the tab and open a new one to get rid of it.

Awesome New Tab Page Background Color   Get An Awesome New Tab Page For Google Chrome

Note that you can save your settings or restore a backup using the Import/Export button.

Conclusion

Awesome New Tab Page is a fun and easy way to create a personalized NTP in Chrome. It’s intuitive, functional, visually appealing, and comes with a nice selection of widgets. The drawback, however, is that dynamic widgets can be resource hogs, which should be kept in mind.

Personalized Awesome New Tab Page   Get An Awesome New Tab Page For Google Chrome

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Awesome New Tab Page was recently added to our list of the 101 Best Chrome Extensions. What do you think of it? What widgets or features would make it even better?

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achyut reddy

im not really a fan of widgets but this is pretty cool.

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Lambvolution

more widget and extension being google chrome unresponsive

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Tug Ricks

I might be an idiot, but I couldn’t get it to work. I’m taking that as a sign to stick with the ever simple Speed Dial 2.

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Tina

Tug,

How far did you get? At what point did it not work?

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Tug Ricks

I got it via the Chrome Web Store, and got hung up when trying to add widgets.

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Tina

Could this be an issue of available memory?

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Michael Hart

Most likely, your Chrome install is not up to date. This is not only insecure, but it also means that a lot of extensions that utilize newer Chrome features will not work.

Awesome New Tab Page currently requires Chrome 20 or newer. The latest stable version of Chrome is 21.

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Tug Ricks

I don’t believe that was the issue, but I just installed the extension again and now it works. Thanks for the response though.

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Nguyen Tran

Cool extension, I love it.

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Va Du

Maybe it’s my old age but all they’re doing is making things more shiny not better. I need it to run smooth and fast not distract me with a bunch of widget crap. Of course I’m always bitter about Google because Chrome always crashes on me every time they update it.

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James Chase

Wow, Awesome New Tab Page is pretty epic. So simple and powerful!

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Âdil Farôôq

Thats really cool

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Henk Wiersema

Looks okay, but what is missing is a live rain-radar , like buienradar.nl or weerplaza.nl, both have igoogle gadgets. How can these be re-builded into awesome-tab-page widgets?

Further, awesome-tab-page creates a vendor lockin to google-chrome, that means it is not useable when I am on a system that only runs IE of FF or so.

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Michael R Heronema

WOW !! I Can See The ICON’s now!! lol Great G+ Extension.

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Daniel Voyles

It’s a nice extension, but a little cumbersome to make custom changes.

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Graham Richardson

I installed this some time ago, and still use it a lot. Its a big improvement over the standard new tab page. I have noticed that it seems to be crashing quite a bit these last few days which has been a nuisance. At least its usually only a case of clicking the dialog and it reopens. If it continues though I may well end up shutting it down.

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Michael Hart

Hi Graham. Sorry about that; it’s actually a Chrome bug causing this issue. I’ve brought this to their attention. You can star this issue to get updates and show your support: http://crbug.com/140292 (Google Code seems to be having some trouble, but the link should work later.)

I’ve tried to keep updates to a minimum (one fairly big one every 2 weeks plus bug fixes in between). Hopefully this issue will be resolved soon, as I am right now finishing up a large update.

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Tina

Thanks a lot for the input, Michael. Much appreciated!

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Shehan Nirmal

Wow.. This is coooool… It just looks like the iGoogle homepage…

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Josh Gauthier

This is pretty cool. I’ve always thought it’d be interesting to make widgets or apps. Is there a good resource on how to get started on this somewhere?

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Tina

Josh,

I can’t recommend any resources because I have never made my own widgets or apps. However, I would recommend to ask this question on MakeUseOf Answers. I’m sure you’ll get some great suggestions there.

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Sean Senn

This is an amazing extension GET IT!!!

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Javier Vega

nice addon…oh…a small thing “Here are 7 widgets I recommend installing” i just read 5 D:!

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Tina

Oops, great catch, Javier! I initially thought of 7, but removed 2 that didn’t seem so good when I used them more.

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Nimisha Tewari

heyy its an awesome add-on but i have a problem!!
everytime i shut my system n get back to chrome this extension is lost as if i havnt added it!!! bt if i add it again it runs simply great bt again with shuttin down the system it gets lost!! :( heLp!!!