Be More Productive Online With 7 Google Chrome Start Page Extensions
What’s the first thing you do when you start up your web browser? If you’re like me, you’ll see a number of tabs from the last time you were browsing. Or perhaps a single homepage. Many of us take the time to customize these options, because we have certain preferences for what we like to see when we first get down to browsing.
Now let me ask you another question – what do you see when you open a new tab? Many people don’t customize this, and see the default that comes with their browser. The Google Chrome Default New Tab “Speed Dial” Page is nice, and I personally prefer it to having a blank new tab (which was what I had for a long time with Firefox). However, I wasn’t completely satisfied with it – so I went looking for different options to customize it.
In this article, I’ll show you some different extensions to customize your new tab/start page – as well as reveal to you my personal favorite.
Empty New Tab Page
What Does It Do? Replaces your chrome default new tab with a totally blank page.
Why Is It Cool? Don’t want everyone to see your speed dial page? Constantly tempted with your favorite websites when you’re working? Go back to the good old days of blank tabs.
What Does It Do? A beautiful, simple new tab that shows large icons for 4 sites that you specify.
Why Is It Cool? Most of us visit the same websites over and over. This provides a simple way to navigate to those common websites, and you can even use keyboard shortcuts (1,2,3,4). Did I mention it looks great?
What Does It Do? A simple extension that replaces the new tab page with a to do list. Add it and watch your productivity soar!
Why Is It Cool? No fancy graphics or widgets to distract you, this intuitively designed start page helps keep you on task. This is the start page I used for a long time, to help me keep track of short term tasks as I was browsing/researching.
There are a variety of start pages out there, and you may prefer to set your new tab page to something else entirely. There are a number of different options for that, you can check some of these out to find one you like: