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Replace Google Chrome’s New Tab Page with Speed Dial

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Are you looking for a good alternative to the New Tab Page in Google Chrome? Then you will definitely want to take a closer look at the Speed Dial extension.


The only thing that you will need to do during the installation process is click on “Install” in the confirmation message window to finish adding Speed Dial to Chrome.

Note: Speed Dial automatically replaces the default New Tab Page.


Once installation has been finished you will be presented with an “Information Tab” for the extension.


A closer look at the details for using the Speed Dial extension…


Note that you can not access the options for Speed Dial through the “Chrome Extensions Page” at this time. Access is through the main Speed Dial page itself.


Speed Dial in Action

When you open a new tab for the first time this is how Speed Dial will look. Notice that you can easily access the options, use a Google Search Box, have 12 “starter” dial-boxes, and a Recently Closed Tabs Bar.


You should go ahead and take a look at the options first. You will be able to make quite a few changes such as the number of rows (maximum of 6), number of columns (maximum of 6), add a background image (web based only at the moment), choose a background color, and/or deactivate the “Search Box, Recently Closed Tabs Bar, & Page Titles for the dial-boxes”.


To set a color for the background all that you have to do is click on the color that you like best.


If you prefer to have a background image all that you will need is the URL for the image and to click on the “Set Button”.


Here is the Speed Dial Page on our example browser right after a few tweaks…already starting to look very nice.


Whenever you find a webpage that you want to add to Speed Dial simply click on the “Address Bar Icon” to access the drop-down menu. Click on “Add Current Page” to add that particular webpage. Clicking on “Open” will open up the Speed Dial page itself.


Here is the “Right Click Menu” for the dial-boxes…

Note: You can also “drag and drop” the dial-boxes to switch them around to best suit your personal needs.


Here is our example browser’s Speed Dial page all filled up. Definitely looking good.



If you have been less than happy with the default New Tab Page in Google Chrome then you should definitely give this extension a try. You will not be sorry that you did.


Download the Speed Dial 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 01/5/10

Comments (18)

  1. Juan

    I love the Mario theme for Chrome. Anybody know where can I get it? Nice post by the way!

  2. Akshay

    I installed this before you!


  3. 1fastbullet

    Angel, I have a problem. I’ve grown spoiled by having Speed Dial on my Firefox browser and miss it.
    At the moment, I don’t have Goofle Chrome installed, so when I try to download the Speed Dial extension for Iron, the button is grayed out.
    Previously, I temporarily installed Chrome long enough to download a couple extensions that I was then able to move to Iron and then un-installed Chrome, again (obvioulsy, I don’t care to have it on my machine, just as I have opted for Scroogle in lieu of Goofle search). The practice of in-/un-installing Chrome solely for the purpose of grabbing an extension is truly a pain, so I hope you can offer a work-around.

    Incidentally, if you haven’t become aware of it already, Scroogle is to search engines as Iron is to browsers- it removes Goofle’s nose from the user’s… well, you get the picture.

    You can find more info at:

  4. Asian Angel

    1fastbullet – I may have a perfect solution for you. ^__^ Here are links for two different websites from Caschy and he provides portable versions of Google Chrome. He updates them often and I really like the way that he “sets them up”. ^__^ This would give you the way to “install and transfer” extensions like you have been doing without any unwanted “normal Chrome installation baggage”. Hope this helps out. ^__^

    Planet Chrome

    Caschys Blog

  5. 1fastbullet

    You truly are an angel.

    Thank you.

  6. 1fastbullet

    You truly are an Angel.

    Thank you.

    P.S. They sure talk funny on those pages…

  7. Scott

    Tabbed browsing, speed dial… where would all of these other browsers be now without the innovations borrowed from Opera.

  8. pawan

    I want to install speed dial in google chrome, but when i click on “install” button its gives an error message:- “could not create directory for unzipping”
    Please help me to sort out this problem

  9. Asian Angel

    @pawan – Have you received that error message with any other extensions or just this extension only?

  10. Help!

    Angel, you helped fast bullet, and I was wondering if you could help me. Before I installed speed dial, whenever I closed a tab and it appeared in the closed tabs list a the bottom, I could click, and it would restore the tab, including it’s history. Now, with speed dial, I can restore the tab but not it’s History.
    Thank you

  11. Asian Angel

    @Help! – That sounds like it may be a “bug” of some sort with the extension in how it operates with tab history. My first and best recommendation would be to contact the Speed Dial extension author and see if they know about it or if there is something they could do to “fix” the problem. ^__^

  12. Ali

    can someone tell me the name or how to get the theme in the last picture? thank you :)

  13. Asian Angel

    @Ali – The browser theme itself can be found here:


    As for the background that is a wallpaper I found and used as the customisable background in the Speed Dial settings. Since I can not remember where I found the wallpaper keep your eye on your inbox…I will send you a copy. ^_^

  14. Asian Angel

    @Nathan – This extension should provide a work-around for keeping your Speed Dial tab intact yet leave you access to your web apps too. ^_^

    App Launcher

  15. Diana

    I tried installing the Speed Dial, but it doesn’t work, it keeps giving me an error. I searched for other Speed Dials on there but I still get errors. I have no idea what to do D:

  16. Asian Angel

    @Diana – My best recommendation for resolving the problem as quickly as possible would be to leave a comment on the extension author’s page explaining the problem you are encountering (along with the error message you are receiving).

    Are you using Google Chrome, Chromium, Iron Browser, or one of the other derivatives? Am curious in case it is something wonky with the particular one you have installed. When I used to use the officially branded Google Chrome I found myself having to go through periodic uninstall/reinstall episodes every so often. :(

  17. EdDataFix

    Opera’s speeddial can have all pages displayed on speeddial updated by F5.
    Thus I can see the latest weather map – forecast – bonds – calendar all at once.

  18. subash

    pls install speed dial

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