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Turn Chrome’s New Tab Page into an Ubuntu Forums Powerhouse

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There’s a lot of start page plug-ins for Google Chrome, but if you’re an Ubuntu Forums enthusiast, you might be interested in the powerful Start Page extension.

Using the Ubuntu Forums Chrome Start Page

Once you’ve installed the extension and opened a new tab, you’ll notice quite a difference from the boring default “New Tab Page”. While you may look at this and wonder if what you see is all that there is to it, there’s actually a lot of hidden customization and functionality.


The upper left corner is where you will control the content displayed in the “Ubuntu New Tab Page”. The “Buttons Toolbar” that you see at the top lets you shift between the types of content viewed, from RSS feeds to bookmarks and more.


This entire set of links provides direct links to the appropriate section in the Ubuntu Forums. As with the set of links pictured above each of these will open in a new tab when clicked on.


There’s even a feature to browse wallpapers from DesktopNexus with categories on the left and pictures to the right. If you want to return to the regular layout you should use the “Start Page Link” highlighted here.



The options will allow you to customize the colors shown in the “Ubuntu New Tab Page” to create a very nice match to your current browser and/or system theme if desired. You can also do some customization to the fonts, “Bookmark Shortcuts”, and populate the “Custom Links Section” in the main page.



If you are an Ubuntu enthusiast then this will be a very useful extension to add to your browser. The wealth of direct links and built-in functionality make this extension worth trying.


Download the Start Page 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 05/4/10

Comments (1)

  1. Mike

    I installed this, and, yeah, it’s a great one stop utilitarian web page.

    One problem I noted though is that it hides its link.

    Why is that a problem?

    I also have Speed Dial installed.

    With Speed Dial, I can look at my history and pull out the specific
    link to Speed Dial (which is NOT chrome://newtab)

    With this page, I haven’t been able to find anything other than chrome://newtab.

    For addons that take this approach to new tabs, you’re left with basically only
    one choice. You can’t have multiple new tab addon options if they all insist on the
    chrome://newtab format.

    The upside is there’s a degree of privacy and security for the developer in using such
    a method. It comes at the expense of flexibility for the user.

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