Google introduced an updated “new tab” page for its Chrome web browser a while back, replacing the list of apps and browser abs a big search bar thumbnail icons for frequently visited sites.
It seems kind of silly since Chrome already has a big search bar: it’s the URL bar at the top of the page. Unfortunately the trick we suggested in October for bringing back the old “new tab” page no longer works on Chrome 33 and later.
But there’s another workaround… kind of.
What we’re going to do is set Chrome to show a list of your Chrome web apps every time you open a new tab. This doesn’t bring back all the features of the old view, but it’s close enough for me… and maybe for you too.
1. Visit the Chrome Web Store and find the extension called New Tab Redirect!
2. Click the Install button and select “add” from the pop-up menu.
3. When the extension is finished installing, you’ll get a welcome message. Tap the right-arrow until you get to the last page where there’s a link that says “Set your Options!”
4. Click that link.
5. On the following page click the button that says “Apps” or just enter “chrome://apps/” (without quotes) in the text box.
6. Hit the save button.
That’s it. Now whenever you open a new browser tab it’ll take you your list of apps.
Don’t like the way it looks? There are plenty of other apps and extensions in the Chrome web store that can change the appearance of your new tab page.