Google Chrome’s new tab page is very minimal with a search bar and a few quick links to the most viewed websites. For many, this default new tab page is boring and uninspiring, and the lack of customization options make it unpopular with the crowd. Luckily, there are lots of good chrome extensions which can totally revamp your default new tab page to a more useful one
1. Dream Afar
Dream Afar is a visually appealing extension with useful features like weather forecast and simple speed dial. Once you install Dream Afar, you will be greeted with a Google search bar along with the local time and weather reports. Moreover, you can quickly access all your apps, history and bookmarks using the links provided in the upper right corner.
Even though the customizations are limited, you can configure an element or two using the options panel which appears when you click on the menu icon. The best thing about Dream Afar is that you can either remove the enter search widget or you can choose between other search engines like Bing and Baidu; just check the radio button and you are done.
Spots is a highly customizable new tab extension with a feature-rich dashboard for all your online activities like Facebook, Youtube, etc. Once installed, Spots will greet you with colorful spots (links) along with a gorgeous background wallpaper. The good thing about Spots is that you can easily sync it between different PCs by just logging in with your Google or Facebook account.
As per the settings, you can access them from the dropdown menu on the top left corner. Using the settings panel of Spots, you can just about configure anything like colors, backgrounds, presets, content discovery, notifications, tab behaviour, icons, etc. All these settings give you a highly customized new tab page which satisfies your creative and online needs.
3. Lightning Speed Dial
Lightning Speed Dial is a rather simple dashboard with a gorgeous wallpaper, search bar and quick links to your favorite websites and Chrome apps. This new tab extension is perfect for anyone who leans towards a minimal interface. Even though the customization options are minimal, you can easily craft your own start page with minimal effort by changing wallpapers (you can add wallpapers form your PC), link categorization, etc.
You can easily access Lightning Speed Dial’s settings page by click on the link “settings” appearing at the bottom right corner. As you can see from the image below, the options are bare minimum, but it is a good choice for users who want a lightweight no-nonsense new tab start page for chrome.
If you are Chrome user and have been using the default new tab page, you will definitely see a difference or even improve in productivity with a better new tab page. Give the above new tab extensions a try and enjoy a better start screen for your daily browsing activities.
Hopefully that helps and do comment below to share your favorite new tab extensions for Google Chrome browser or to share your thoughts and experiences regarding the new tab extensions shared here.