For the people who are always looking for ways to make their workflow more productive, browser add-ons and extensions can turn out to be a boon. And one of the most sought-after browser add-ons are the ‘New Tab’ ones.
To help you make the right choice, here is a list of some of the best browser add-ons for the new tab page. These extensions and add-ons allow you to have interactive new tab pages with different options of interface and features. Read on to know about these features in detail.
This extension allows you to use over 20 widgets which you can download from their site. It gives you a grid that spans from left to right to place these widgets of different sizes. The tiles also have a configurable search bar for quick searches on search engines or even Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon.
You can also manually export and later import your settings or back it up online to your Google Chrome (Gmail) account.
The look and navigation of New MetroTab feels a lot like the customizable Windows 8 Metro UI. You can add tiles that lead to links and color them to your preference. You can also choose to upload your own icon or use the website’s favicon for a customized tile.
It also features live tiles that include Gmail and RSS feeds. There’s also custom color theming to fit anyone’s personality.
Similar to the earlier Windows 8 theme extension, Modern New Tab Page is however slightly simpler to use. When adding a new website tile to your screen, it’ll automatically find an available RSS for the site and will start displaying feeds like a live tile.
So you’re creating a live bookmark tile which looks cool and clean. You also can upload your own wallpaper or choose one of its color schemes.
Fruumo is a good looking extension that has more functionality than just having bookmarks. It has a minimalistic clock, date, temperature, and weather information on the top accompanied by a search bar that power searches through your Chrome apps and bookmarks.
It also includes RSS feeds and Facebook notifications.
Infinite dashboard allows you to power up your Chrome start up page by adding different games, apps, bookmarks, services, and messengers to your new tab page. By default, the extension gives you a minimalistic screen with only a beautiful wallpaper and a simple search bar.
If you want to add other features to it, then go to the HUB where you’ll find a number of options to add to your startup page like customizable background, customized search bar, browser sessions, or other useful apps and services.
uTab gives you the freedom to choose what is displayed when you open a new tab in the Chrome browser. You can use it to organize bookmarks and create separate folders containing your bookmarks, apps, and services.
Other features you can apply to your new tabs page are changing the background image, set a specific search engine, apply light or dark theme, and add clocks with different timezones.
Infinity New Tab offers a great number of features for your new tab page. You can read and manage your browser history, the websites you visit more frequently, bookmarks, and other chrome extensions.
Interestingly, it allows you to log in with any of your accounts on Google, Facebook, WeChat, Weibo, or QQ to back up and sync your data. You can also receive notifications from Gmail and the extension itself.
An extension focused on the note-taking feature, New Tab Draft gives you the option to take notes and make calculations on your new tab page.
The extension has a great privacy feature. Firstly, it does not save your draft notes on its server but only in the browser. Secondly, if you’re not using the browser for some time, it will blur your draft.
A new tab dashboard, Leoh New Tab is a useful extension to personalize your browsing experience. It allows you to customize your new tab background with stunning wallpapers, image albums, or relaxing video backgrounds.
The extension can be synced to your Google Chrome account so you can receive notifications, check your Google calendar, and bookmarks, etc. There’s also an option to add a built-in note-taker, apps, and tools and apply different themes to your Chrome browser.
If you want to see multiple tabs in your Chrome browser at the same time, then Tab Resize may be useful to you. It gives you different layout options to adjust a number of tabs in your browser.
There are some default shortcut keys that you can use to take certain actions. Moreover, the extension supports multiple monitors, drag and drop to rearrange tabs, left or right alignment of the tabs, and works with all mainstream OSs.
One of the most prominent features of the Speed Dial extension is that it allows you to create 3D visual bookmarks on your new tab page so you can quick access your most-visited websites.
You can choose from a number of layout options for the speed dial bookmarks. You can also group your most-visited websites into different categories and search through these categories through the smart search. Additionally, the extension can be synced across all the computers in your use.
Speed dial is for the keyboard master and those who just prefer the keyboard over the mouse. With customizable hotkeys, you can quickly go to any of your 9 favorite websites by pressing keyboard combinations like Ctrl + 5 or any other number from 1 – 9. You can then group different websites and access any of them with a simple keystroke.
Enhance your experience on the Firefox browser with the New Tab Override add-on. It gives you the option to customize your new tab page to open any website or web page that you want.
Apart from that, you can personalize the background of your new tab page, use your current home page as a new tab page, save an HTML file and use it for new tab content, and use it with Firefox’s container tab feature.
Tree Syle Tab add-on displays your tabs on the Firefox browser in a tree layout. When you open new tabs through the current tab, all the subsequent ones will appear as sub-tabs giving you a visual browsing history.
Additionally, you can use the default shortcuts for doing certain actions with this extension.