Add Google Now style to New Tab page in Chrome

Make your New Tab page useful by installing just one Chrome extension.

(Credit: Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET)

(Credit: Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET)

 

The abundance of unused white space on the New Tab page in Chrome lends developers ample options for sprucing it up. While the extension I’m about to suggest isn’t anything groundbreaking, it’s definitely one of the better options out there in terms of usefulness.

Literally called “New Tab Page,” this Chrome extension makes your New Tab useful and attractive but doesn’t gain any creativity points for its name. Installing the extension is quick: just head to the entry for New Tab Page on the Chrome Web Store and click Add to Chrome.

What will you get after installing? Well, your New Tab page won’t be so boring anymore. You’ll see a search bar for Google (of course), frequently visited Web sites, News headlines, and the weather. The Google voice search feature is a little buggy, but hopefully it’s something that will be worked out in the future. Oh, and if you’re wondering why the weather isn’t showing for your city, just click the Use Current Location link and you’ll be set.

Even though some of these features can be found in the beta or developer versions, the additional tools added by the New Tab Page extension give it the upper hand.

Just the right amount of information, or too much clutter? Share your thoughts in the comments!

 

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