How to Use the Tab Page in Google Chrome for Windows

The new tab page provides quick access to most of Google's services

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Chrome's new tab page displays whenever you open the browser or open a new tab. Instead of a wasteland of blank space, the new tab screen is a docking station for the sites that you visit the most, with quick links to the Chrome apps you have installed, your bookmarks and links to recently closed tabs. It looks simple, but it is a powerful doorway to just about everything Google offers.

Most Visited Sites

Launch your Chrome browser and open a tab. The default new tab page contains large thumbnails of the eight websites that you visit the most. To visit one of these sites, click on its image.

To delete one of the thumbnail images, hover your cursor over the image and click the X that appears in the right corner of the image. When you do, two options appear at the bottom of the screen: Undo and Restore All. Click Undo ​to return the image you just deleted. Click Restore All if you deleted several thumbnails and now want them back.

When you delete a tile image, the bookmark for the site is not deleted. 

Google Apps

Click Apps on the far left edge of the bookmarks bar to display all the Google apps that you have installed. To launch an app, click on its image.

If you don't see the bookmarks bar, click View in the menu at the top of the screen and select Always Show Bookmarks Bar or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+b on a PC or Command+Shift+b on a Mac to toggle the bookmark bar on and off.

Chrome Bookmarks

The most recent bookmarks run across the top of the screen in the bookmarks bar. At the right side of the bookmark bar is the Other Bookmarks folder. Click it to gain access to all of your bookmarks. To visit a bookmarked site, click on its respective image or name.

You can launch Chrome's Bookmark Manager by clicking on Bookmarks in the menu bar at the top of the screen and selecting Bookmark Manager. The rest of the bookmarks are there, too.

Recently Closed Tabs

Click History in the menu bar. The first section in the History menu is labeled Recently Closed. It includes a listing of the last 10 tabs that you closed in the browser.

Goggle Account Info and Links to Services

In the upper right corner of any new tab page are your Google account avatar, a Google notifications button, a link to your Gmail account, and a cube icon that provides access to Google services, such as:

  • Maps
  • YouTube
  • Play
  • Drive
  • Calendar
  • Google+
  • Translate
  • Photos
  • Sheets
  • Earth
  • Docs
  • and more 

Google Search Bar

It wouldn't be a Google browser if it didn't have a Google search bar. Each new tab page contains the Google search bar. You can type in a search or press the microphone icon to search by voice.