Incredible Startpage is a browser extension for Google Chrome that adds functionality to the New Tab page of Google Chrome.
The standard blank tab page in the Google Chrome browser is already pretty handy. It displays popular websites as thumbnails, a text link to browse the bookmarks that have been added to the browser, a list of recently closed tabs and a link to the full browsing history.
The Google Chrome extension Incredible Startpage offers an alternative to the standard start page of the browser. It replaces the standard new tab page with a new one. This new page displays four elements on the screen including the recently closed tabs (with no link to the history), the bookmarks, a selected bookmarks folder and notes.
The bookmarks folder that is displayed in detail is adorned with a Flickr background image. A total of four different Flickr keywords and five color schemes are available to beautify the start page. This adds a nice little touch to the otherwise bland start page of the browser.
The note could be interesting to some Chrome users. Notes can be added to the start page that stay on the page even after closing the web browser so that they can be read again on the next startup which is handy for reminders. It is furthermore possible to post the note to Gmail directly from within the start pages interface.
Incredible StartPage prettifies the Google Chrome blank tab page. This comes at the cost of roughly 30 Megabytes of computer memory that the extension needs.
The extension for the Chrome web browser can be downloaded and installed directly from the Google Chrome extensions gallery.
Update: Incredible Startpage is still available a the Google Chrome web store. The developers have updated the extension quite a few times in the meantime. The new version for instance supports multiple notepads, whereas previous versions only supported a single one.
There is also a new "my apps" listing which lists applications you have installed, and a new search filter option to find bookmarks or applications quickly.
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