How to Customize New Tab Page on Google Chrome

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Google Chrome’s new tab page is getting a bit cluttered. Not so long ago, it only had the search bar and a few rows of icons. But now you can see rows of cards suggesting recipes, as well as in-text ads for Google products. And it all happens under a search box which you don’t actually need since you’re probably using the address bar for it anyway.

The good news is that Chrome gives you some flexibility to customize the new tab page, so you can make it much cleaner in seconds. But if you find this not to your liking, there are a few third-party extensions that can completely replace the new tab page.

Customize New Tab Page on Google Chrome

To customize your new tab page, open a new tab in Chrome, look in the lower right corner of the screen and click Customize Chromium or the pencil icon. From the pop-up window, you can customize the page background image, info cards, and even the Chrome color and theme.

Start by selecting a new background. There are a few built-in options, most of which are image collections that will show you a new photo every day. If you get bored easily, this is an easy way to rotate different and beautiful images without having to think too much about it. But if you already have something in mind, you can upload an image file from your computer (including an animated GIF) and use it.

Now, let’s get rid of some clutter. Below Shortcuts, you can decide what to do with the two rows of icons you see just below the search bar. You can use them to display your own personalized set of web page shortcuts or automatically display the sites you visit most often. If none of these options work and you just want a cleaner look, Chrome also gives you the option to disable these icons altogether.

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You can do the same with the cards that sometimes appear at the bottom of the new tab page. Click on Cards and check the bubble next to To hide to stop seeing them altogether. But if you like getting random recipe ideas, reminders of abandoned online shopping carts, or quick links to recently viewed files on your Google Drive, you can toggle the switches to any or all of the items on this list.

If simplicity is the name of the game for you, just turn off those two features and you’ll have a much neater new tab page. You won’t be able to get rid of the Google logo, search bar, or advertisements for Google products that occasionally appear at the bottom of the page. Luckily, that’s where browser extensions come in.

Replace Tab Entirely

If you don’t support Chrome’s new tab page, you can replace it. There are hundreds of extensions that can do this for you, but here are our top three.

Aprons

Aprons is completely free, contains no ads, and is built by an open-source community, which means it’s likely to stay that way. It also has the added benefit of a beautiful, streamlined design.

By default, Tabliss will show you beautiful landscapes from the Unsplash photo repository, but you can also replace the background with animated GIFs of soothing textures from Giphy or a solid image of your choice.

Each time you open a new tab, Tabliss will greet you with the current time, but you can remove the clock and replace the text with things like a to-do list, a place to leave notes, and even scores. NBA.

Aprons is free for Google Chrome.

Earth View

View of Earth from Google Earth is a free extension from Google that shows you a random place on our planet every time you open a new tab – it will always be beautiful, interesting or both.

And if you’re ever curious about what you’re looking at, you can click on the globe icon in the lower right corner of the screen to jump directly to the actual location where the photo was taken in Google Maps.

View of Earth from Google Earth is free for Google Chrome.

Replacing a new tab

If there is a website you want to use as a new tab page, Replacing a new tab lets you do just that. Choose any URL and Chrome will open it every time you open a new tab.

New Tab Override opens up space in the new tab page so you can use it in all kinds of ways. Productivity enthusiasts could have new tabs displaying their to-do list app of choice, while sports enthusiasts could use a dashboard. Or if you’re overwhelmed and want ideas, check out this collection of start pages built exactly for this purpose.

Replacing a new tab is free for Google Chrome.

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