Over 25 Google Chrome New Tab Extensions You Probably Don’t Know

Google Chrome New Tab Page

I wanted to update my Speed Dial 2 review by listing more New Tab extensions at the end. But then I realized that there are ton of extensions that deserve a mention so I decided to feature the ones that I liked the most here. This article is for those who dislike the default Chrome New Tab page and is looking for a replacement.

I’ve categorized the extensions as Feature Rich and Simple/Empty New Tab extensions. You can try the feature rich extensions if you want a start page that’s customized to tailor your needs. And you can go for Simple extensions if you want to disable the default start page.

Feature Rich New Tab Extensions

The following extensions are more than just a new tab page as they allow you to customize your start page and have several add-on features.

1. Speed Dial 2

Speed Dial 2

Speed Dial 2 is one of the best Google Chrome New Tab extension that replaces your default new tab page with your favorite bookmarks, apps, most visited webpages, or even browsing history. Speed Dial is so powerful that you can customize almost all the aspects of that extension. It also tracks your browsing habits and shows you the most visited pages in the morning, afternoon, evening or night.

Read: Why Speed Dial 2 Is The Best Google Chrome New Tab Extension

2. Lightning NewTab

Lightning NewTab is perhaps the most popular new tab extension with over 10 million downloads. Lightning Newtab is a light weight HTLM5 extension that’s customizable and provides quick access to your favorite websites. It also features Google Search, Weather, Bookmarks, Recently Visited Sites, Chrome Extensions, etc. on the start page. Also try, Lightning SpeedDial.

3. OneFeed

OneFeed

OneFeed turns your New Tab page into an ultimate social dashboard. You can get updates from all your favorite websites like Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Instagram, or even updates from news sites. And it comes with its own notification center that keeps you updated whenever there is a new e-mail message or a notification in one of your social media account.

4. Awesome New Tab Page

Awesome New Tab Page is a combination of Speed Dial 2 + Windows 8 UI. It uses dynamic widgets instead of speed dials. Also, you can customize the widgets and even search websites directly from the widgets.

5. Modern New Tab Page

Modern New Tab Page replaces the default new tab page with beautiful customizable live tiles. You can customize the background image, opacity, color and can choose 25+ themes or can even create your own themes. Also, you can change the color, icon, and sizes of live tiles and can configure the live tiles to show news updates using RSS. Also try, New MetroTab which is another new tab extension with Metro UI.

6. X New Tab Page

X New Tab Page offers Speed Dial 2 like experience. So you can try this extension if you’re not satisfied with Speed Dial 2. And it’s worth to mention that X New Tab Page saves all your customization in the cloud for free (in Speed Dial 2 you need a premium account for that feature). Also, you can also configure dials to show the weather report and can even put a search engine in the dial box.

7. Start

Start shows all the bookmarks in your Chrome Bookmarks Bar as a start screen with custom background. You can continue to bookmark websites into the bookmarks bar. It also shows all the Chrome Web Apps and you can even show news feed.

8. Currently

Currently

Currently is a beautiful extension that replaces the new tab page with the current time and weather. You can customize its appearance to some extent by using the options.

9. Fruumo New Tab Page

Fruumo

Fruumo New Tab Page is an elegantly designed extension that shows Weather, Time, Recently Closed Tabs, Apps, Voice assistant, etc. on its start screen.

10. iOS 7 New Tab Page

IOS 7 New Tab Page

iOS 7 New Tab Page is another beautiful new tab extension that offers an iOS 7 like experience in Google Chrome with an App Store.

11. Google Now New Tab Page

Google Now New Tab Page adds a Google Search box, voice search, weather, news, apps, etc. to your new tab page.

12. Be Limitless

Be Limitless

Be Limitless offers a rich interface with some tools to increase your productivity. For example, you can set your annual goals and follow-up with it and you can track the time that you have spent in a particular tab. You can click the Limitless icon on the browser to find your daily productivity. And it also includes a notepad, to-do, features inspiring quotes, etc. But wait, it is perhaps the heaviest Chrome extension that I have ever installed (it’s over 18 MB).

13. Knew Tab

Knew Tab is a productive New Tab page with quick access to your unread E-mails, Facebook notifications, Stock Quotes, News, Clock, Weather, Search, etc.

14. Incredible StartPage

Incredible StartPage is another productive start page for Google Chrome that’s highly customizable. It shows the bookmarks in our Chrome Bookmarks Bar, Recently Closed Tabs, and a Sticky Note that can sync with your Google account. Also, there’s a quick tab to access your Chrome apps and Most Visited webpages.

15. Start.me

With Start.me, you can create a start page with bookmarks, feeds, and dozens of widgets (like stock, weather, Facebook & Twitter feeds, etc). You can also fully customize the design, and it works across all browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari) and devices (mobile, tablet, desktop), so that you will always have access to your start page.

Simple Or Empty Tab Extensions

If you don’t want a feature rich new tab page then you can try any of the following extensions as they offer a clean start page.

16. New Tab Redirect

New Tab Redirect is one of the most popular Chrome new tab extension out there as it allows us to set a custom URL as our new tab page. You can also set Chrome’s about pages, Extension page, History, Downloads, Bookmarks, etc. as your new tab page. Wait, you can also create a file on your PC and set as your new tab page. You can also try the Replace New Tab Page extension to replace the New Tab page with any website.

17. New Tab To Tasks

New Tab To Tasks is another productivity extension that redirects your New Tab page to Google Tasks.

Read: Top 25 Google Chrome Productivity Extensions For Bloggers

18. Empty New Tab Page

Empty New Tab Page displays a blank new tab page instead of the default new tab page filled with website thumbnails. It’s a must-have extension for a distraction free browsing experience. An alternative is the Blank New Tab extension which replaces the new tab page with a simple “about:blank” page.

BONUS:

  1. Momentum — shows a personal dashboard featuring a to-do list, weather, time and inspiration.
  2. Motivation — replaces your new tab page with a real-time counter of your age.
  3. Noosfeer — replaces your new tab page with a reading list. If you have nothing to read then Noosfeer will suggest articles that you might like or you can synchronize your Pocket account.
  4. Dayboard — replaces your new tab page with a to-do list.
  5. Dream Afar — if you love the Bing.com homepage then you’re going to love Dream Afar.
  6. Earth View — displays a unique satellite image from Google Maps whenever you open a new tab page.
  7. Card Board — replaces your new tab page with a card interface that shows useful shortcuts and informations.

Don’t Need Another Extension?

Myfav.es

If you don’t want to install an extension to customize your Chrome’s New Tab page then I would recommend Myfav.es. It’s a free, elegant, and customizable start page for any web browser, tablet or smartphone. Simply add your favorite websites and then set your custom Myfav.es page (e.g. myfav.es/your-username) as your Chrome homepage. It’s quite effective if you switch your web browsers (or devices) very often.

Like The Old Chrome New Tab Page?

Google Chrome Old New Tab Page

Now if you prefer the old Google Chrome New Tab page then you can switch back by following the steps below:

Google Chrome Old New Tab Page

  • Open a new Chrome tab.
  • Go to the following URL: chrome://flags/#enable-instant-extended-api
  • Turn off “Enable Instant Extended API” by choosing the “Disabled” option.
  • Now click the “Relaunch Now” button at the bottom and you’ll see the old New Tab page.

Read: How To Create Custom Search Engines In Chrome To Boost Productivity

Have I missed your favorite Google Chrome extension to replace the new tab page? If so, let me know as a comment below!

First Published: January, 2014; Last Updated: December, 2014

  • Jon Thomas

    I’d just like to suggest http://www.start.me as another good custom start page option. I’ve used this one for some time now and it’s working really well for me.

  • http://hackersworkshops.blogspot.com Gaurav saboo

    Thanks mahesh i am now going to get speed dial 2 for my chrome it is very useful for me Thanks. bur is there any problem in having too many extensions.

    • http://www.minterest.org Mahesh Mohan

      Yes, install only the plugins that you really need… if you install too many extensions then it will slow down your PC.

  • Tape

    the old New Tab Page trick no longer works in Chrome 33.

    • http://www.minterest.org Mahesh Mohan

      Yes, sorry about that, but Google disabled the Instant Extended API option in Chrome 33.

  • Luuk Davidson

    Hello, I have one addition to your list: start.me. With start.me you can create a start page with bookmarks, rss feeds and dozens of other widgets (incl. weather, stock quotes, facebook, twitter, etc). start.me works across all browsers and platforms. Get started at http://start.me.

    • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

      It looks really nice… so I have featured your comment and will include it on the next update. :)

  • hyhy

    Recommend Dream Afar new tab. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/dream-afar-new-tab/henmfoppjjkcencpbjaigfahdjlgpegn

    I really like it, one of the best extension I ever used.

    • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

      It looks different…

  • Sandra

    It seems that most of them are for new tab page. So I’ll post the one I use. I love this one, keeps me inspired all the time, as well well informed!
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/noosfeer/ilmanglmconenelnofcmdhbkpfdmbkco

    • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

      Yes, as you can see… it’s a list of Chrome extensions that replaces the New Tab page. And yeah, I know Noosfeer but didn’t know about their Chrome extension. So I’ll be happy to feature it here when I update the list.

  • http://killerdomains.com.au Domain Names Hosting

    iChrome is not a bad choice, but I found some new ones here that I might consider switching to! Great post and thanks!

  • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

    Looks good… I wil consider it when I update this blog post.

  • magikMaker

    An easy way to restore the “old new tabs page”, that is the one that shows the apps in a new tab, is the extension Show Apps in New Tab: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/show-apps-in-new-tab/nohbdifokmdgjcbbeobglcbaifinhfip

  • Udai Arora

    A possible addition to the list:
    Elegant New Tab is an Open-Sourced New Tab page and one of the first ones out there to implement Google’s Material Design. You will also get a new quote every minute and a new Background everyday. Get it here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/elegant-new-tab/mbiejchpmhfhdoocmgdmndigicjmkhdo/

    • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

      Thank you, Udai! I will consider it on the next update.

  • Joey

    Have you considered adding Tab for a Cause to the list?
    It is a Chrome extension that earns money for charity every time you open a new tab. It also has the widgets that many of the extensions below offer, and several other cool features!
    Get it here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/tab-for-a-cause/gibkoahgjfhphbmeiphbcnhehbfdlcgo?hl=en