3 tips on How to customize the Google Chrome New Tab page

The new tab in Google Chrome has a default appearance. So at first, there is not much you can change about the new tab.

However, it is possible to modify the tab with some alternative extensions and functionality.

When you open the new tab in Google Chrome, you will see an address bar, the Google Chrome logo, and the most visited websites displayed in boxes.

To get started, we will see what we can customize about the default new tab page in Chrome.

How to Customize Google Chrome New Tab Page?

Remove shortcuts

By default, the new tab in Google Chrome displays most websites you have visited as shortcuts. You can remove these shortcuts (websites) from the list.

Hover over the shortcut, keep your mouse on it, and three dots appear. Click on the three dots and select the “more actions” shortcut.

More actions to remove shortcut on Chrome new tab page

A new window will now appear where you can edit or delete the shortcut. Click Remove to delete the shortcut from the new tab in Google Chrome.

delete shortcut from new tab page in google chrome

At the bottom of the new tab, you will find two more options to restore the deleted shortcut or display the default shortcut.

Shortcut removed undo or restore

Set a blank new tab page

Suppose you have a slower computer or prefer a completely white/blank tab. In that case, you can use the following extension to set your tab settings to blank/empty.

Install the extension, and the new tab in Chrome will be blank every time you open it.

Blank tab extension

Install blank new tab extension in Google Chrome browser

Hint: Setting a blank tab in Google Chrome makes Chrome faster during startup.

Set your own website as a new tab

If you prefer to set up your own website that opens when you open a new tab, you can do so with the following tip. The browser extension NewTab redirect helps you set a website of your own choice that opens when you open a new tab.

NewTab redirect extension

Install the NewTab redirect extension. First, click on the puzzle piece icon in the Chrome menu bar. Then click on the thumbtack icon to pin the New Tab redirect browser extension in the Google Chrome menu bar.

Pin extension to Google chrome

Click on the New Tab redirect extension in the menu bar. Then, open the Options from the menu to set up a new tab website.

New Tab redirect options

In the NewTab redirect extension settings at the field under “Redirect URL” enter the website you want to open every time a new tab is opened in Google Chrome. Then click the Save button to make the settings active.

Redirect URL for Google Chrome new tab page

You now have a website set up that will open when a new tab is opened in Google Chrome.

I hope to have helped you with this. Thank you for reading!

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