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Add an iGoogle-Style New Tab Page to Chrome

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Are you tired of the default New Tab Page in Chrome and wanting something different? Then join us as we take a look at getting an iGoogle-styled New Tab Page in Google Chrome.


Here is the current default “New Tab Page” in Chrome… Sure, you have thumbnails of recently visited sites and a listing of recently closed tabs but it is not very exciting or customizable. What if you could replace it with a little bit of iGoogle-styled functionality?



Installation is quick and simple. During the installation process you will need to click on “Install” to finish adding “New Tab Extension | Dashboard” to Chrome.


After the installation has been completed there will be no “Toolbar Button” displayed…only a short extension management message.


At the moment there are no options for “New Tab Extension | Dashboard” but that could change soon…


New Tab Extension Dashboard in Action

As soon as you open a new tab in Chrome this is what you will see. At the moment there are five gadgets available:

  • To-Do List
  • Random Images Viewer
  • Chat Window
  • Weather Gadget (does not work with International zip codes)
  • Clock/Date/Calendar Gadget


You will be able to settle into it easily and start enjoying a New Tab Page that is not the same old thing that you have been looking at forever.

At the moment there are still one or two “rough spots” but this definitely has potential for later releases. Hopefully everyone will soon be able choose the particular gadgets that they would like to use, where they are placed within the window, and choose a custom background.


Here is a closer look at each of the individual gadgets currently available…

The To-Do List…


The Random Images Viewer…


The Chat Window.


The Weather Gadget (currently the only non-Google powered gadget in the New Tab Page)…


And the Clock/Date/Calendar gadget.



If you are looking for something new and different for your New Tab Page in Chrome, then you just might want to give this extension a try. While it still has one or two “rough spots” this one is definitely showing a lot of potential for the future.


Download the “New Tab Extension | Dashboard” 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 01/8/10

Comments (4)

  1. Kurt

    wouldn’t having igoogle as your homepage be just as efficient? that said, in terms of default page for my tabs, nothing comes close to ‘speed dial’ ( atm — it pretty much just killed my need for a bookmark pane or whatnot.

  2. bubs353

    Its not bad. Actually nice. Surely there are gonna be people who finds it useful. But ‘speed dial’ is better for me too like Kurt said. :)

  3. mrthermister

    What’s the point of having a todo list if the todo’s don’t save between new windows… kinda pointless. is anybody else finding this problem? Type in some todo’s and then close the new tab. Open a new tab and see if they are still there? Nope. Not for me anyways.

  4. John

    Great idea, but its a no go for me for now. Very limited. Wont allow you to do anything.
    You cant choose what apps you see. You cant place them where you want to place them.
    If this were a website I wouldn’t even visit it after the first time.

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