Customize New Tab Page in Google Chrome

As of this writing, Google Chrome is the most popular web browser. It is available for Windows, Linux, Mac and Android. Sporting a minimalist design, Chrome features a very powerful fast web rendering engine "Blink" to make your browsing experience faster, safer, and easier. The team behind the browser has finally made the New Tab page customizable, so users can quickly add custom shortcuts and change the page background image natively without installing third-party extensions.


The change has landed on the Canary channel of the Chrome browser, where it is available out of the box. At the moment of this writing, it has the following version:

Windows 10 Chrome Canary

The updated New Tab page now includes two extra buttons at the bottom.

The first one allows adding a custom link to any web page. It is called "Add shortcut".

Chrome New Tab Page Add Shortcut

Clicking on it will open the next dialog.

Chrome New Tab Page Add Shortcut Dialog

Fill in the Name and URL fields, and the location will be added to the list of shortcuts visible in the New Tab page.

Chrome New Tab Page Shortcut Added

The added shortcuts along with your frequently visited locations will be displayed with their favicons instead of the page thumbnails. This is also a new behavior for Chrome.

Another new feature is the ability to set a custom background image for the New Tab page. There is a small button in the bottom right corner of the page with the gear icon. Click on it to access the collection of wallpapers provided by Google or set any other image stored on your device as Chrome's New Tab page background.

Chrome New Tab Change Background

You can get something like this:

Chrome New Tab Background Image

Finally, two other menu options allow restoring the default shortcuts and the new tab page's appearance.

The updated New Tab page is already available for select users in the Dev channel of Google Chrome, so it shouldn't take long to arrive in the Beta and Stable streams.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

3 thoughts on “Customize New Tab Page in Google Chrome”

  1. With a relatively large number of links, the logo and the search string will interfere.
    There is no description of the synchronization of the start page, I did not find the option.

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