Enable Color and Theme for New Tab Page in Google Chrome

How to Enable Color and Theme Dialog for New Tab Page in Google Chrome

Starting in Google Chrome 77, you can enable advanced appearance options for the New Tab page. It will allow to change its color, set a background image, and customize shortcuts using a new dialog. Let's see how to enable it.


Google Chrome 77 introduced a new Welcome page that appears for new installs. It allows the user to customize the New Tab page background image, its shortcuts, and make Google Chrome the default browser in the OS.

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Existing users can customize the New Tab page by clicking on a pencil button, that opens a small flyout with essential customization options.

Chrome Default New Tab Page Options

However, there is a brand new customization dialog for the New Tab page available as an experimental feature in Google Chrome.

It comes with big thumbnail previews for New Tab Page backgrounds, and allows to customize or hide web site shortcuts from the New Tab page in a convenient way. Also, it allows changing the browser color scheme using a special color picker and a number of presets.

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It is not enabled by default, but you can activate it with a flag.

Google Chrome comes with a number of useful options which are experimental. They are not supposed to be used by regular users but enthusiasts and testers can easily turn them on. These experimental features can significantly improve the user experience of the Chrome browser by enabling additional functionality. To enable or disable an experimental feature, you can use hidden options called 'flags'.

To Enable Color and Theme Dialog for New Tab Page in Google Chrome,

  1. Update your Google Chrome browser to version 77.
  2. Open Google Chrome and type the following in the address bar: chrome://flags/#ntp-customization-menu-v2.Chrome Enable NTP Menu V2
  3. Select Enabled from the drop-down list next to the 'NTP customization menu version 2' flag.
  4. Now, type the URL chrome://flags/#chrome-colors.
  5. Enable the flag 'Chrome Colors menu'.Chrome Enable Chrome Colors Flag
  6. Finally, enable the flagchrome://flags/#chrome-colors-custom-color-picker named 'Custom color picker for Chrome Colors menu'.Chrome Enable Chrome Custom Color Picker
  7. Restart the browser once prompted.Google Chrome Relaunch Button

You are done!

Now, click on the pencil button and customize the browser using the new dialog.

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To disable these features later, open the 'flags' page and change the options mentioned above from Enabled back to Default.

That's it.

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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.

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