Internet, Networking, & Security Browsers How to Customize a New Tab Page in Chrome Set up and change the New Tab page to work for you By Jonathan Terrasi Writer Jonathan Terrasi is a former Lifewire writer who specializes in security and digital privacy, Linux, and consumer technologies. our editorial process Twitter Jonathan Terrasi Updated February 24, 2020 Browsers Chrome Safari Firefox Microsoft Tweet Share Email You can spruce up and customize the look and functionality of Chrome's New Tab page. Here are two different approaches for changing the new tab page in Chrome. How to Change the New Tab Background in Chrome Google Chrome allows you to set a background image or wallpaper that will appear every time you open a new tab. You can choose a stock image or upload your own. Use a Stock Image Open a new tab by selecting File > New Tab. Alternatively, press Ctrl+T (Windows) or Command+T (Mac). Select Customize in the lower-right right corner of the page. Under the Background pane, select an image category, such as Textures, Landscapes, or Art. Choose an image thumbnail from the category. Select Done. Chrome will now drape your chosen background behind shortcuts on your new tab page. Use Your Own Image Open a new tab by selecting File > New Tab. Alternatively, press Ctrl+T (Windows) or Command+T (Mac). Select Customize in the lower-right corner of the page. Select Upload from device. Locate and select to the image file you want to set as the background, then select Open. If you would like to reset the background to the original setting, select No background from the categories menu. This will revert the New Tab page to the default white background. How to Change the New Tab Page Using Chrome Extensions You can use extensions to change or add functionality to New Tab pages. In the Chrome Web Store, you can find new tab extensions that do everything from removing website shortcuts to adding productivity tools like calendars and to-do lists. Activating more than one New Tab extension at a time can cause errors and degrade functionality. Navigate to the Chrome Web Store. Type “new tab” into the search bar and press Enter. Select Extensions on the left side. Locate the New Tab extension you would like to install, then select Add to Chrome. As long as you have the extension installed and enabled, the New Tab layout will be loaded instead of Chrome’s default setting. How to Uninstall a New Tab Extension Right-click the extension's icon to the right of the address bar. Alternatively, select the More menu > Settings > Extensions. Select Remove from Chrome. Select Remove. Your New Tab pages will instantly revert to the default Chrome new tab page. You can now install a new extension or use the Customize menu to set a new background image.