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Make Chrome’s New Tab Page More Useful and Artistic

Are you tired of the default New Tab Page in Google Chrome and want something more useful and artistic? Then join us as we look at the Incredible StartPage extension.


Here is the default “New Tab Page” in our Chrome Browser…it looks rather plain and boring. How about something better?


Incredible StartPage in Action

This is what our “New Tab Page” looked like after installing the extension. As you can see there is a “Note Section”, “Closed Tabs Section”, “All Bookmarks Section”, and a “Bookmarks Toolbar (links only) Section”.

Note: Clicking on links in Incredible StartPage will open them in the current tab.


If you want you can easily modify how Incredible StartPage looks using the “Options” in the upper right corner.


After only a couple of minutes our “New Tab Page” was looking nice…new background color, image, and altered note. A very useful feature of the “Note Section” is that you can add your notes to an e-mail by clicking on the “Post to Gmail Link” just below the note.

Note: Special “Chrome Pages” (i.e. Extensions) will not open from the “Closed Tabs Section”.


When you click on “Post to Gmail” a new tab will be opened with your notes pre-pasted into the main letter body. All that is left for you to do is select the appropriate e-mail address(es) and to make any desired modifications to the “Subject & Letter”.


Going back to the “New Tab Page” you can trade bookmarks back and forth between the “All Bookmarks Section” and the “Bookmarks Toolbar Section”. Simply drag-and-drop as desired…but keep in mind that any changes made here will also be reflected in your “Bookmarks Toolbar & Other Bookmarks”.


There is our bookmark freshly traded over to the “Bookmarks Toolbar Section”…looking very nice.



If you are tired of the default “New Tab Page” in Google Chrome then the Incredible StartPage extension will make for a refreshing change.


Download the Incredible StartPage extension (Google Chrome Extensions)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 03/24/10

Comments (9)

  1. Cachivache

    Great extension, but limited options yet…

  2. charris

    will this automatically replace my speed dial?

  3. Asian Angel

    @charris – If you have Speed Dial installed you will have to disable it before using this extension.

  4. nickjden

    Extension lasted exactly three minutes before I missed the Google speed dial and uninstalled the extension. However, I like their Facebook extension and may like their tabjump, too.

  5. Alex K

    Ooooh… how much I missed the speed dial!!! This extension might be nice for people who work from bookmarks, but I really like the quick access to my daily websites. Maybe if they’d integrate a speed-dial-kind-of-thing part of the page it would work for me.
    @charris, It replaced my speed dial automatically, however, Chome did remember my speed dial settings, so after uninstalling this extension, my trusted speed-dial bookmarks were back!

  6. SquareWheel

    I like it, but it is a little heavy on the memory, and it does break Incognito Mode (even with the new switch to enable incognito extensions). I’ll leave it installed for a while and see if I use the notepad.

  7. Joe

    Am I the only one that thinks this extension makes the new tab page look worse?

  8. Jake

    Looks very nice… but it brings my memory usage from bearable to unbearable (on 512MB).

  9. daffygirl

    I really like the incredible start page, but mine does not have “Options” in order for me to make any changes. Other than that, I have been using it quite frequently and liking it more and more.

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