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Add An ‘Awesome New Tab Page’ to Chrome

Fancy more customizability and a splash of colour to your new tab page? Then read below as we take a look at the ‘Awesome New Tab Page’ extension for Google Chrome!

By default, Chrome offers a fairly functional new tab page that gives you access to all your web apps and most visited websites, with options to view recently closed tabs as well as those open on other devices like your cellphone or tablet. But what if you wanted a more beautiful and dynamic page full of customizable tools and widgets?

Meet ‘Awesome New Tab Page’

‘Awesome New Tab Page’ is an extension which gives your new tab page a fresh new look with increased customizability and plenty of features to boot, looking at this perspective trying out this extension is a no-brainer.

Awesome New Tab Page in Action on Chrome

On first glance you can see that it has took some inspiration from Windows 8 looking at the tiles against a flat background, but the developers have given it their own take.

Enhance your New Tab Page with ultimate customizability and power. Awesome, like you.” – ANTP

When you first install the extension, you are greeted with several stock apps and widgets which will populate the grid-based layout on the page. A couple of the stock apps take you to popular internet destinations like Google and Amazon. I have found that the notepad widget can be quite useful for jotting down reminders and useful websites to browse later.

On the left side of the page are several buttons which when clicked will give you a plethora of options and settings for you to tweak, as well as a link that will take you to the Chrome Web Store, but showing only apps and widgets that are compatible with Awesome New Tab Page. I really like that idea actually, being able to install from a fairly decent selection of apps and widgets allows you to fine-tune the extension to your liking, and you can always move the tiles around at your will, to keep things fresh.


I feel that Awesome New Tab Page is a great new tab replacement when tweaked to your liking, but I found that the user interface felt quite clunky and in some ways not the most user friendly (see settings), although the new user tutorial widget that appears on the page when you first install does help.

There is noticeable slowdown when opening a new tab, and because of this I feel that the extension doesn’t load quick enough for me to justify using it when I could quickly use the omnibox to get to what I want; However, Awesome New Tab Page is updated frequently so we can  (hopefully) expect that these relatively minor slowdown issues will be fixed in the near future. With that said, it has a lot of potential to become a killer app.

Download Awesome New Tab Page for Chrome

Got an extension suggestion for us to review? Then feel free to give your recommendations in the comments! 

  • joker159

    it seems very good to me, but I thing we risk a windows 8 patent troll LOL :)

  • I use speed dial 2

    • ken147

      me too, it is amazing.

  • Eduardo Siemann

    Squares? Metro UI = 1980 ¬¬’ no thanks =/

  • When Chrome gets ported to Metro UI this will look great :D

  • I have METRO Ui… It sucks

  • Anonymouse

    Fucking win8 look and feel makes me sick tot he gut. WTF? Seriously, why box the users in like that, one feels stuck in a box. Gone are the days of custom background images, no, we are stuck with that fucking gut wrenching green and an interface that looks like vomit. Thanks a lot Microsoft for having zero imagination, spending millions on it and then forcing it on us and doing everything possible to make us use it, even taking away google chrome picasa start page custom background images, just so you can force us to use your new pathetic win8 shithole intyerface. I hope you get hacked pricks.

  • .rev

    Where did my “open tab from other devices” go?

  • Rachael

    I am confused on how to use my apps, whenever i click on it, it only gives me the option to edit the widget itself?!?

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  • mouret

    impossible de télécharger awesome new tab page reponse en français merci

  • Manak Kapoor
  • Unger

    So how does it work? Duh!