How to Use the Tab Page in Google Chrome for Windows

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

Plus or addition icons representing new page

 

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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.

Viewing the New Tab Page

To view the New Tab and go to one of your most visited sites in Chrome do the following:

  1. Open Chrome and select + (New Tab) to open a new tab.

    Google Chrome with a new tab selected.
  2. The default new tab page contains Favicons of the eight websites that you visit the most. To visit one of these sites, select its favicon.

    Selecting a shortcut on the new tab in Chrome.

Delete a Most Visited Site on New Tab

If you want to tidy up your New Tab shortcuts, it is a quick process to delete on of the sites. Here's how:

  1. Hover your cursor over the shortcut that you want to delete and select the 3 vertical dots (Edit shortcut).

    Selecting a shortcut to edit in Chrome.
  2. In Edit shortcut , you can change the Name of the shortcut, URL, or Remove it. Select Remove to delete it.

    The edit shortcut dialog in Chrome.
  3. If you accidentally deleted the wrong URL, you can immediately select Undo at the bottom of the page. (If you want to restore your New Tab shortcuts, select Restore default shortcuts.)

    A shortcut has been removed from the New tab window in Chrome.

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

Google Apps

Some other features on the New Tab page include access to Google Apps. To access these shortcuts, do the following:

  1. Open a New Tab in Chrome.

    A new tab has been opened in Chrome.
  2. At the far left edge of the bookmarks bar, select Apps (colorful 9-square grid).

    Selecting Apps on the Chrome menu.
  3. To launch an app, select it's icon.

    Apps listed in Chrome.
  4. If you don't see the bookmarks bar, select the 3 vertical dots in the menu at the top of the screen then go to Bookmarks > Show bookmarks bar. (Ctrl + Shift + B on a PC or Command + Shift + B on a Mac)

    Setting up to show the bookmarks bar in Chrome.

Chrome Bookmarks

The most recent bookmarks run across the top of the screen in the bookmarks bar. To access it, do the following:

  1. On a new tab, select Other bookmarks at the top right side of the bookmarks bar.

    Selecting Other Bookmarks on the bookmarks bar in Chrome.
  2. From the Other bookmarks menu, select the URL you wish to visit.

    Viewing bookmarks in the Other bookmarks menu in Chrome.
  3. You can launch Chrome's Bookmark Manager by selecting Bookmarks in the menu bar (3 vertical dots) at the top of the screen and selecting Bookmark Manager. The rest of the bookmarks are there, too.

    The bookmarks manager in Chrome.

Recently Closed Tabs

Select History in the menu bar (3 vertical dots). 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.

Chrome is displaying the History.

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, and more.

Screenshot of apps being displayed in Chrome.

Google Search Bar

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