With Opera's new Speed Dial extensions came dynamic contents for Opera's new tab page. Only static contents were displayed on the new tab page before that. With the introduction came options to add extensions to the page that would change the contents on the page dynamically. A basically example is a weather extension that displays weather conditions whenever the new tab page is opened.
Awesome New Tab Page for the Chrome web browser adds somewhat similar options to Chrome. While not as powerful as Opera's solution, it is a solution that makes the new tab page more dynamic.
When you first install the Chrome extension you will notice that a basic set of widgets has already been added to the new tab page. This includes a quick click-through tutorial that explains the extensions' core functionality.
Once you are done clicking through the tutorial, you should understand how the page works. You can add installed apps right to the page, or install widgets which you find in the Chrome Web Store.
You can add apps and widgets from the small sidebar menu at the top left corner once you have clicked on the lock symbol. Widgets need to be installed, and the menu refreshed, before they become available for selection. You can then drag and drop them from the menu into a slot on the new tab page.
Locking furthermore allows you to remove existing widgets or apps from the tab page. This is useful as you surely do not want to use all of the default apps and widgets on the page.
When it comes to widgets, you get a nice selection of them in the Chrome Web Store, from various clocks, search forms and weather apps, to web comics, calculators, note taking or calendar widgets.
If there is one thing to criticize right now it is the missing option to add your own links to the page. You can however display your bookmarks bar exclusively on that page to add custom links to the page.
If you want your Chrome Tab Page to be more versatile, you'd probably like what Awesome New Tab Page has to offer to you. Especially the widgets with their dynamic content add options to the page that were simply not there before.
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