How to Customize a New Tab Page in Chrome

Set up and change the New Tab page to work for you

Google Chrome browser's new tab page on Windows 10.

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

  1. Open a new tab by selecting File > New Tab. Alternatively, press Ctrl+T (Windows) or Command+T (Mac).

  2. Select Customize in the lower-right right corner of the page.

  3. Under the Background pane, select an image category, such as Textures, Landscapes, or Art.

    Google Chrome new tab page with the background category popup menu open.
  4. Choose an image thumbnail from the category. 

    Google Chrome new tab page with a background image selected in the background image popup menu.
  5. Select Done. Chrome will now drape your chosen background behind shortcuts on your new tab page.

    Google Chrome new tab page with a background image of a rocky shoreline at sunset.

Use Your Own Image

  1. Open a new tab by selecting File > New Tab. Alternatively, press Ctrl+T (Windows) or Command+T (Mac).

  2. Select Customize in the lower-right corner of the page.

  3. Select Upload from device.

  4. 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.

  1. Navigate to the Chrome Web Store.

  2. Type “new tab” into the search bar and press Enter

    The Chrome Web Store homepage with "new tab" entered in the search box.
  3. Select Extensions on the left side.

    Chrome Web Store search results page for "new tab" with the "Extensions" radio button selected.
  4. Locate the New Tab extension you would like to install, then select Add to Chrome.

  5. As long as you have the extension installed and enabled, the New Tab layout will be loaded instead of Chrome’s default setting. 

    New tab page on Chrome with a large white menu box over a background of an overhead view of trees and sea.

How to Uninstall a New Tab Extension

  1. Right-click the extension's icon to the right of the address bar. Alternatively, select the More menu > Settings > Extensions.

  2. Select Remove from Chrome.

    A custom new tab page in the Chrome browser with the extension removal popup dialog box open.
  3. Select Remove

  4. 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.