How to change the default “New Tab Page” in Chrome

Chrome is one of the best browsers out there. It is fast, with minimalist design and just works very well with most of the web content. There are, however, few things that are just annoying about it. One of the items on my top-annoying list is the “New Tab Page” behavior.

I am talking about this page that is displayed whenever a new tab is opened:

How to change the default new page in Chrome.1

As you may know, changing the Chrome startup page, i.e. the page that will be displayed upon starting Chrome, is possible and is fairly straight forward: Go to the Chrome setting page (from the menu or by typing chrome://settings/ in the address box), from there go to “On startup” section and select a page you want Chrome to open automatically on startup.  That is all.

One would expect that the same will be available for the New Tab page but that is not the case. Google allows you to customize the list of apps on that page, but does not provide an easy way to change the page itself.

Well, if Google does not provide it others will! There are several custom extensions (not provided by Google) that allows selecting a different page for the New Tab page. I personally use “New Tab Redirect! 2.0”. It is simple to the point, without too many additional options that I may or may not want. Here is a link to it: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/new-tab-redirect/icpgjfneehieebagbmdbhnlpiopdcmna

And the setup is simple. Go to the extensions page:

How to change the default new page in Chrome.2

From there, click on options and you should see a page like this:

How to change the default new page in Chrome.3

In this example, I’ve selected www.google.com as the default page.

And that is all. Hope this helps!

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