If you’re like me, you’re probably tired of seeing the same new tab every time you open Google Chrome. I’ve added some color to my new tab extension, and if you too want to spice up your new tab, Chrome extensions are your salvation. There are many extensions that let you add shortcuts, create a to-do list, and even turn your new tab into a note-taking tool. So, without wasting any time, here are some of the best Chrome new tab extensions that you should definitely try.
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Must-try Chrome New Tab Extensions
1. Viewing Google Earth
Google Earth is like a window to the most beautiful landscapes in the world. If you love looking at panoramic backgrounds, there is nothing better than this extension. The extension displays new landscapes from Google Earth every time you open a new tab. The new Google Earth View tab also has a 3D globe in the lower right corner that defines the position of the image.
Clicking on it will open the image in Google Earth. In addition, you can download the image and view previous wallpapers from the History tab as well. So if you like seeing surreal landscapes every time you open a check, you should try it.
2. New Infinity tab
The New Tab interface is very similar to the default New Tab option in Google Chrome. As with the standard option, you can access multiple applications and a search tab via a quick launch icon. However, with Infinity, you can easily add more than one page. What makes the extension special is its sidebar, which contains shortcuts for apps/pages neatly organized into categories like Apps, Games, News, Lifestyle, etc. Also, the descriptive flat icons for more than 200 apps are easy to recognize.
The extension also has a games section, which caused crashes when we used it. I would therefore recommend not including games in the app fast loader.
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3. To-do list for the new tab
To-do lists are a great way to keep track of daily tasks. Taskade is an online collaborative to-do list platform. The extension allows you to use the New Tab option as a guest, but I recommend signing in so to-do lists and notes stay in sync. However, don’t confuse this extension with just a to-do page. You can add headings and paragraphs, add colors, and format text. It also has a meeting feature that allows you to make video calls, chat, and share files with others.
Although you have the option to use this extension as a guest, I found that it crashed every time I opened a new tab. So if you want to use them, sign in with your email or Google account.
4. Humble New Tab Page
Unlike the previous Chrome extension for new tabs that used a flat icon design, this one takes a minimal approach. It has a clean design with all tabs like Apps, Bookmarks, Most Visited, etc. arranged in the text of the initial page. You can drag and drop to rearrange a folder or create new columns. Since everything is in the text, you can only adjust the font, color, spacing, etc.
If you’re looking for a clean, minimal interface that displays all your open pages in a single tab, Humble is a good option.
If you often find yourself losing focus, Momentum frees you up when you open a new tab by helping you focus on one main goal for the day. You can choose your daily dose of inspiration in the form of photos, quotes, and life mantras. You can also jot down your daily tasks, create a to-do list (integrated with third-party apps), and highlight your most visited websites for quick access.
The extension also has other add-ons like the Pomodoro timer, countdown timer, and world clock widgets that are useful for boosting your productivity. However, these are only accessible to Plus members at a cost of $3.33 per month.
6. New Markdown tab
Momentum is a good Chrome extension for new tabs if you want to stay motivated and focused. Markdown, on the other hand, is a real workhorse, especially if you want to jot down your ideas and notes. You can write notes or use them as a notebook using Markdown syntax. This way, once you are familiar with the syntax, you can quickly create titles, subtitles, lists, and so on.
There is an autosave function, so you don’t have to worry about losing your chain of thoughts.
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7. Tabplus Newtab Lite
With many laptops featuring touchscreens, why not turn browsing into a tablet-like experience? Tabplus Newtab Lite turns Chrome’s new tab into a more tablet-like layout. Like the Infinity Tab extension, applications can be added to the dock via the sidebar. The number of apps that can be added is unlimited, as it is expandable. This way you can see all your apps in one place instead of scrolling through pages.
If you want to make your interface more tablet-like and add a dock, you can try this program.
If you are a programmer, Initab will make your life easier. The Initab Chrome extension’s new tab shows all GitHub issues/pull requests directly from the history. Also, if you use GitLab, you can easily switch between them. This extension also allows you to select a preferred subreddit from the settings panel. Once selected, the new tab will update with each new post in that subreddit.
It also shows your current Stack Overflow history and allows you to add custom URLs as shortcuts. Another feature that may be of interest to some is tab limiting. Old tabs are automatically closed as soon as the number of open tabs exceeds the set number.
9. Priority Tab
If you’re a person who does daily tasks and works the last part of the day, Prioritab could put things in perspective. It not only shows you how many days have passed (in percentage) but also gives you the monthly and yearly statistics. The tab displays other interesting information such as the time, day, and date, as well as a minimal to-do list. As many companies have moved to work from home, working hours may vary. In this case, you can easily change the working day and time in the settings accordingly.
The extension is suitable for short-term daily and weekly goals as well as long-term monthly goals. As far as customization goes, there’s not much you can do other than change the background color and font size.
10. WHA Quotes and Clock New Tab
As the title suggests, the WHA new tab Chrome extension will show you a motivational quote along with the time whenever you open a new tab. This particular extension offers three display options: Dark, Light, and Get Sh*t Done. While the dark and light themes put the clock in the foreground, the last option zooms in on the quote and pushes everything down.
For anyone looking for a simple extension that randomly displays the time and quotes when opening a new tab.
11. Battle tab
We talked about productivity and new tab extensions to work with. But what’s work without a little fun? The BattleTabs extension offers you small games to play directly in a Chrome tab. This allows you to take small breaks while you work. There are both single and multiplayer options that you can use to challenge friends to fight.
Every time you open a new tab, the game will show the active battle requests in the sidebar. This leaves room for Chrome’s default search and app option, so you can easily continue using the new default tab.
12. Color tab
The simplest of all the extensions mentioned here. It converts your new default tab in Chrome to a colored page. So every time you open a new tab, the page will be filled with random colors. While not as productive as the to-do list or clipboard extensions, it does bring the boring new tab to life.
If you like a color and want to use it in one of your projects, click on it to copy the color code.
Final note: New Tab Extensions
So, these were some of the best Google Chrome extensions that can transform a new tab into something unique and fun. If you ask me, I recommend using Prioritab because it’s a minimal extension that allows users to add multiple to-do lists. Also, I spend most of my time playing and challenging others with BattleTabs. Give it a try and I hope you find a new tab extension you like.