How to Use the Tab Page in Google Chrome for Windows

Customize the shortcuts on Chrome's New Tab page

Whenever you open a new browser tab in Google Chrome, Chrome's New Tab page displays by default. The New Tab screen contains convenient links to Google apps and the sites you visit most often. Learn how to customize the New Tab page and change Chrome's New Tab shortcuts.

Information in this article applies to the desktop version of Chrome for Windows.

What Is the New Tab Page in Chrome?

Chrome automatically customizes your New Tab page when you're logged in to your Google account. Chrome's New Tab page contains the following features:

  • Google Search Bar: Type in a query and select the magnifying glass, or select the microphone to search by voice.
  • Google Apps: Select the dot grid in the upper-right corner of the page to open shortcuts to other Google apps like YouTube and Google Maps.
  • Your Profile: Select your profile icon in the upper-right corner to sign out or switch accounts.
  • Bookmarks Bar: If enabled, you'll see the Google Bookmarks bar below the URL bar. Select Other Bookmarks to see them all.
  • Shortcuts: Under the search bar, you'll find icons representing the sites you visit most often. It's possible to change the shortcuts that appear here.
New Tab Page in Chrome with Google apps open

You can change Chrome's homepage settings to open a specific page whenever you open a new tab.

How to Open a New Tab in Chrome for Windows

To open the New Tab page in Chrome, select the plus (+) at the very top of the browser window. It resides next to your currently open tabs. You can also open a new tab in Chrome using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+T.

To open the New Tab page in Chrome, select the plus (+) at the very top of the browser window.

How to Customize Chrome's New Tab Page

In the desktop version of Chrome, you can customize the appearance of the New Tab page and choose which shortcuts appear by doing the following:

  1. Open a new tab and select Customize in the lower-right corner of the browser window.

    Open a new tab and select Customize in the lower-right corner of the browser window.
  2. Choose a background, or select Upload from device to use a personal image.

    Choose a background, or select Upload from device to use a personal image.
  3. Select Shortcuts, then choose My Shortcuts to enable custom shortcuts.

    Select Shortcuts, then choose My Shortcuts to enable custom shortcuts.

    Select Hide shortcuts if you don't want any shortcuts to appear on the New Tab page.

  4. Select Color and Theme and choose one of the available options, then select Done.

    Select Color and Theme and choose one of the available options, then select Done.

How to Customize Chrome's New Tab Page

With custom shortcuts enable, you can now remove or edit your New Tab shortcuts:

  1. Hover your cursor over the shortcut that you want to delete and select the three dots that appear next to the shortcut.

    Hover your cursor over the shortcut that you want to delete and select the three dots that appear next to the shortcut.

    If you want to add new links to the New Tabs page, select Add Shortcut.

  2. Change the Name and URL, and then select Done. If you want to permanently get rid of the shortcut, select Remove to delete it.

    Edit shortcut window in the Chrome New Tab page

    When you delete a shortcut from the New Tab page, the URL is not deleted from your bookmarks.

  3. If you accidentally deleted the wrong URL, select Undo at the bottom of the page.

    If you accidentally deleted the wrong URL, select Undo at the bottom of the page.

    If you want to reset your New Tab shortcuts to your most frequently visited sites, select Restore default shortcuts.