How to Use the New Tab Page in Google Chrome for Windows

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Most Visited Sites

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Beginning with Chrome 15, Google has completely redesigned its New Tab page. The New Tab page is, well, the page that gets displayed when you open a new tab. What was once a wasteland of blank space is now a virtual docking station for all of your apps, bookmarks, as well as the sites that you visit the most. Thumbnails or icons, which serve as links, for all of the above are rendered on top of a sleek black grid. Navigation between the three is achieved via arrow or status bar buttons.

The status bar, which also contains a pop-up menu with links to the last ten tabs that you closed, can be expanded beyond the three aforementioned categories. Chrome's New Tab page provides the ability to create your own custom categories as well. Rounding out the new features is a convenient link to Chrome's traditional Bookmark Manager. To get the most out of Chrome's New Tab page, follow this graphical tutorial.

First, launch your Chrome browser and open a tab. The New Tab page should now be displayed, as shown in the example above. The default screen contains the eight websites that you visit the most, presented as thumbnail images and page titles. To visit one of these sites, simply click on its respective image.

Click on the rightward-pointing arrow or on the Apps button found in the Chrome Status Bar.

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Apps

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All Chrome apps that you have installed should now be displayed, as shown in the example above. To launch an app, simply click on its respective image.

Next, click on the rightward-pointing arrow or on the Bookmarks button found in the Chrome Status Bar.

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Bookmarks

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Your Chrome Bookmarks should now be displayed, represented by favicon images and titles. To visit a bookmarked site, simply click on its respective image.

You can also launch Chrome's Bookmark Manager by clicking on the Manage bookmarks link, found in the upper right hand corner of the page.

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Recently Closed Tabs

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In the bottom right hand corner of Chrome's New Tab page is a menu button labeled Recently Closed. Clicking here will display a listing of the last ten tabs that you have closed within the browser, as shown in the example above.

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Create Custom Category

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In addition to Most Visited, Apps, and Bookmarks, Chrome allows you to create your own custom category. To create this category, first drag a desired item (from any of the three original categories) to a blank space in the Status Bar. If successful a new line button will be created, as shown in the example above.

Once created, you can drag any items that you wish to your new category. Please note that items from all three original categories can be combined within your custom category.

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Name Custom Category

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Now that your custom category has been created, it is time to give it a name. First, double-click on the new line button which resides in the status bar. Next, enter the desired name in the edit field provided and hit Enter. In the example above, I have named the new category My Favorites.

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Delete Item

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To delete an item from one of your categories, simply drag it to the bottom right hand corner of the page. Once you begin the dragging process a "trash can" button will appear labeled Remove from Chrome, as shown in the example above. Placing the item onto this trash can button will remove it from Chrome's New Tab page.