Chrome's New Tab Page Redesigned, Now Paged

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 20, 2011
Updated • Feb 22, 2012
Google Chrome

Just spotted a change to the new tab page in the Google Chrome browser. The change is life in the latest Google Chrome Dev build, and I'm not 100% sure when it was first introduced (meaning it could be older than today, but I failed to spot it).

Previously when you've opened a new tab in Chrome you were presented with the most visited sites, application links and bookmarks.

When you now press Ctrl-t or click the plus icon in the Chrome tabbar, you will notice a different layout. Google made the decision to divide the information on multiple pages all accessible on the new tab page.

Chrome new tab page

The new tab page displays only one type of information per page, either the most visited websites, the apps or the bookmarks.

Users can switch between the paged information either with a click on the arrow icons on the left and right of the page, or with a click on the page in the status bar on that page.

The functionality has remained the same. A click on a link or app opens the web page or application in the same tab in the browser.

The recently closed listing has been altered as well. It now displayed at the rightmost part of the status bar of the new tab page.

A click on the link displaysmost recently closed tabs with an option to restore it in the browser.


The new paged layout may offer a better overview of each individual listing on the new tab page. Users who regularly made use if multiple listings are now however in a position where they will spend more time on the new tab page than before, as they need to scroll around to find the listing that they want to work with.

Chrome users who do not like the new tab page can download and install extensions that change the layout of that page. Examples are Change Your New Tab and Replace New Tab Page.


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  1. Micke said on September 16, 2011 at 2:34 am

    And where did the option to pin a particular site to a position on the tab start go? I can’t find it, anyway. Bad change :/

  2. vernermags said on August 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I admit the new redesign is a slick improvement over the previous one, but I wonder how it fares in terms of usability. The bookmarks (bar/tab?) seems to need a couple more clicks this time. Not the best news for those who use their bookmarks bar as some sort of impromptu to-do list.

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