How to Use the Tab Page in Google Chrome for Windows

Customize the shortcuts on Chrome's New Tab page

When you open a new browser tab in Google Chrome, the Chrome 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 the Chrome New Tab shortcuts.

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

How to Open a New Tab in Chrome for Windows

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

The New Tab button in Chrome

What You'll Find on the New Tab Page in Chrome

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

  • Google Search Bar: Type 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, the Google Bookmarks bar appears below the URL bar. Select Other Bookmarks to see all your bookmarks.
  • Shortcuts: Under the search bar, you'll find icons representing the sites you visit most often. You can change the shortcuts that appear here.
New Tab Page in Chrome with Google apps open

You can change the Chrome homepage settings to open a specific page when you open a new tab.

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.

    The Customize button in a new Chrome window
  2. Choose a background, or select Upload from device to use an image stored on your computer.

    The "Upload from Device" option
  3. Select Shortcuts, and then choose My Shortcuts to enable custom shortcuts.

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

    The "My Shortcuts" option on the Shortcuts tab
  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 Shortcuts

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

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

    The customize button for a Chrome 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 remove the shortcut permanently, 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 isn't deleted from your bookmarks.

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

    The Undo button

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