9 Ways to Customise the New Tab Page in Chrome

Chris Hoffman 16-08-2013

Chrome’s new tab page is serviceable, but a bit boring. Whether you’re looking for a nice background for your new tab page or want to easily create your own visual bookmarks, add custom widgets, and view live information such as the weather or updates from your social networks, we’ve got a list of ways to make Chrome’s new tab page your own.


Unfortunately, many new tab page replacements don’t have the useful “Recently closed” and “Other devices” options that appear at the bottom of Chrome’s default new tab page, allowing you to reopen closed tabs and open tabs from other devices you’re signed into Chrome on. To reopen a closed tab without using this menu, you can always press Ctrl+Shift+T How To Become A Chrome Power User, Part 1 - Master The Keyboard Google Chrome for some time has been the browser of choice for many and although the majority of our web browsers can do some pretty impressive things, Chrome has continued to snatch up power users,... Read More .

Install Chrome Themes

If you just want a new background, install one of the themes for Google Chrome from the Chrome Web Store. Themes can add backgrounds to your new tab page, giving it more color and personality. We’ve previously covered some beautiful Chrome themes 5 Gorgeous Themes to Brighten Your Google Chrome Browser Most of us spend many hours on the web, browsing websites and prominently ignoring the looks of our web browser, which is fine since they usually don't effect changes in our browsing behavior, in contrast... Read More .

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Currently stands out among new tab page replacements. Most new tab page replacements are cluttered with options and brightly-colored links to websites. Currently goes in the other direction, offering a more minimal experience. Currently shows the current time and weather on your new tab page — that’s all it does. You’re free to customize the colors, but you can’t add links to websites. If you do want to see links to your favorite websites, you can click the button at the bottom-right corner of Currently’s new tab page to access the standard new tab page.

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Speed Dial 2

Speed Dial 2 uses visual bookmarks it calls “dials,” clearly inspired by Opera’s Speed Dial feature Five Irresistable Reasons Why You Should Take Opera 11 For A Serious Spin In truth, Opera 11 is an absolutely amazing browser. If you take Opera as a “secondary” browser and only use it now and then, you may just fall in love with it. Here are some... Read More . You can create many different dials that function as large thumbnail bookmarks with this extension, even categorizing your thumbnails into different groups. You can also access a sidebar that allows you to browse all your Chrome bookmarks, reopen recently closed tabs, and launch installed Chrome web apps.

This new tab page replacement is particularly good because it gives you large bookmarks for any websites you like. It’s much easier to create large, visual bookmarks with Speed Dial 2 than it is to manually create and install your own Chrome web apps The Idiot's Guide To Adding Website Bookmarks On Your Google Chrome New Tab Page For the past couple of years now, I have more or less been exclusively using Google Chrome as my day-to-day work browser. It is simply one of the best products that Google has ever produced.... Read More , which is what you have to do with the default new tab page.

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Google Now-Style New Tab Page [No Longer Available]

This new tab page replacement copies the style of Google Now Top 12 Jelly Bean Tips For A New Google Tablet Experience Android Jelly Bean 4.2, initially shipped on the Nexus 7, provides a great new tablet experience that outshines previous versions of Android. It even impressed our resident Apple fan. If you have a Nexus 7,... Read More , included by default on Android 4.1 and up and available for Apple’s iOS. Google Now is coming to Chrome soon, but in the meantime you can use this new tab page replacement.


This extension doesn’t actually function like Google Now does or show the same information. Instead, it mimics Google Now’s interface and provides an easy way to perform voice searches, displays up-to-date weather and news, and offers shortcuts to your installed web apps.

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OneFeed turns your new tab page into “the ultimate social dashboard.” It fetches content from sites like Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Google Drive, and news websites, showing you up-to-date information. Like other new tab pages, it also allows you to you launch recently visited websites and bookmarks.

Unlike some of the other new tab pages here, OneFeed is very polished and is practically a full-fledged web service. Your OneFeed settings will even follow you across computers if you log in.


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Awesome New Tab Page

Awesome New Tab Page is probably the most customizable new tab page replacement. It looks similar to Microsoft’s Windows 8 The Windows 8 Guide This Windows 8 guide outlines everything new about Windows 8, from the tablet-like start screen to the new "app" concept to the familiar desktop mode. Read More -style interface, formerly known as Metro. However, Awesome New Tab page doesn’t just copy Microsoft’s “Modern” look. It allows you to add apps, bookmarks, and even interactive widgets. For example, you’ll find a clock widget installed by default. You could also install a variety of other widgets, including ones that display weather, Gmail, Twitter, or RSS Newspaper 2.0 - Your Guide to RSS There’s a web technology that can find information on almost any subject on the Internet and spoon-feed it to you. With RSS you can read every article offered by any particular blog. Read More content right on your new tab page.

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New MetroTab

If you’re looking for a new tab page that does try to copy Microsoft’s Modern interface as closely as possible, try New MetroTab. Awesome New Tab Page feels only loosely inspired by Windows 8, but New MetroTab feels like an attempt to copy Windows 8’s Start screen as closely as possible in Chrome.


New MetroTab shows your installed apps and recently visited sites. Some apps can even display information in the form of live tiles right on your new tab page, just as live tiles work on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

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Empty New Tab Page

Empty New Tab Page is a simple extension that allows you to disable the new tab page entirely. After installing this extension, your new tab page will always be blank — no more apps, bookmarks, and recently viewed websites cluttering your browser.

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Add Your Own Custom Icons

If you like Chrome’s standard new tab page but wish it had large icons for your favorite websites, there’s a way to get them. Just follow our guide to creating custom Chrome web apps The Idiot's Guide To Adding Website Bookmarks On Your Google Chrome New Tab Page For the past couple of years now, I have more or less been exclusively using Google Chrome as my day-to-day work browser. It is simply one of the best products that Google has ever produced.... Read More . These web apps become large shortcut icons on your new tab page, allowing you to get direct links to websites that don’t have Chrome web apps. For example, you could create a large shortcut that takes you to your bank’s website or even MakeUseOf.

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Do you have a favorite new tab page replacement for Chrome? Leave a comment below and let us know about it, especially if we didn’t mention it above!

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  1. John
    June 13, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    7Covers - Custom Google Chrome Background extension awesome

  2. Shreya
    March 31, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Momentum is great, too

  3. Jan
    May 26, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    I use on my PC phone and tablet it have all I need and simple design is great ?

  4. privacywatch
    March 21, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    This kind of review completely ignores the PRIVACY of users as an important criterion - a magazine writer should learn, that it is not ok to ignore the privacy elephant in the room!
    Please add information about what kind of information about users are these extensions collecting, is it possible to disable the data collection, do they even inform users before they steal private data about your interests? It is time to wake up and we do not want writers to ignore these impoertant issues.

    • Anon
      March 22, 2016 at 12:27 am

      Or, just view the privacy polices for these plugins themselves.

    • LauritzT
      April 8, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      You should not use Chrome if you care about privacy.

      • Cloud Slavery
        July 10, 2016 at 12:44 am

        It's very great idea.

        "We should not use Chrome if we care about privacy."

        It is really very easy to suggest/warn we "poor" users about our privacy. That's cool.

        But what about to "warn" those big monopolies about their attack on our privacy?

        Are they privileged by born, with this "right" to steal our privacy?

        Were they doing the same like today in the past 2000's? (Answer: No)

        If they would attack people's privacy at the early stages of the internet, would someone use the internet such in glory past? (If known by people) (Answer: Nobody)

        My English is some limited to express my thoughts on this subject but I have a lot say for hours.

  5. Anthony
    January 14, 2016 at 12:16 am

    I been using new metroTab for over an year now. It is an extension that replaces the new tab page with a more customization version, with Metro interface. Also, includes some tiles that can retrieve information from their page and show it to the user in the same page.

  6. Brett
    December 1, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Momentum is another one I use all of the time. By far the most beautiful tab page plugin on this entire list. It allows you to set your daily focus and to do list to eliminate all distractions. Highly recommended:

  7. Anonymous
    October 15, 2015 at 5:29 am

    I tried out Funny New Tab and its pretty good. Super funny gifs every day. Love it

  8. alberto
    March 22, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    I use this other one, it is more customizable, and you can set your own search engines
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  9. Michi
    December 13, 2014 at 6:10 am

    I just want my new tab to show ONLY and ONLY the pic of my theme. How about providing a feature capable of doing it? I was rather pleased with the previous version.

  10. Luke
    November 23, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    How is the colour of the font on the new tab page white?

  11. kumar
    August 19, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    check out...."new tab plus"

  12. Mark Daniel Y
    August 19, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Google should integrate bookmarks into the new tab instead of having users add the bookmarks on their own.

  13. Tom Chicago
    August 17, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    New Metro tab is the one for me. The live tiles, especially TED, are cool things to have, and best of all, it is fast. I don't notice the lag time in opening links that I remember with a couple other New Tab type thingies that I've tried. Also, I can customize the look of it.

  14. Stephen H
    August 17, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    The only qualms I have with extensions like this is that they can be, I repeat for clarity, CAN BE, memory hogs. not always but some I have used ended up slowing my PC down. Other than that, they are all awesome in their own quirky ways.

  15. Mohammad W
    August 17, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Very good theme collection

  16. Chatinai C
    August 17, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Speed dial 2 is awesome!! It's just been updated recently I really recommended it. I have tried other choices like onefeed but don't like it. I have used speed dial 2 for years and I think I will keep using it. Love it!

  17. Doug
    August 17, 2013 at 3:53 am

    Here in Maine the weather is important so currently suits me fine.

  18. albert
    August 16, 2013 at 11:59 pm
  19. Loenja S
    August 16, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    i use bookolio and can reccomend

  20. Igor R
    August 16, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I love my browser basic and uncluttered.. From the lsit i liek only "empty new tabe page"

  21. Adam B
    August 16, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I've tried, and been disappointed with, OneFeed, MetroTab, and Awesome New Tab.
    Currently and New Tab Page look promising; thanks, I'll check it out!

  22. John P
    August 16, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    +1 simply for having BC, Canada in a screenshot! (he says from Victoria). :)

    Q: Don't all these extensions just lead to more Chrome instances running in the background? I love Chrome but when I look in TaskManager, I see 10-15 "chrome.exe" instances with just one browser running on the desktop. The more you add the more it becomes a memory hog?

  23. Hemanth G
    August 16, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Can't believe "Incredible StartPage" wasn't on this list. Awesome feature and a sticky note box that syncs with your Gmail ID.

  24. Kyle T
    August 16, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Definitely check out Benchwarmer. It pulls in all of the popular pieces on Dribble that day to get your creative mind going.

  25. Tom S
    August 16, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Ever since I discovered chrome, I really liked it and have always been looking ways to personalize and customize it...these tips and suggestions are great.

  26. kurt
    August 16, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    check out OneTab. simple to use, makes a textual list of tabs and provides optional methods for manipulating it. gets rid of the wasted space of all those cartoonish icons. not only that, it unloads the listed tabs from memory. huge plus! love it!