Causes the new tab to default to the Apps view instead of the google splash view.
While installed, new tabs default to 'chrome://apps/' Updated Dec 2019 because it stopped working. Fixed by changing url to pendingUrl. This extension will always be free and will never have ads. This extension was created in response to Chrome's Feb 2014 removal of the "Enable Instant Extended API" that let you default your new tab to the Apps view. The source code is very simple and is posted online, so you can inspect it for yourself. http://holtstrom.com/michael/blog/post/486/New-Tab-As-Apps-Chrome-Extension.html If you prefer, you can instead use my "Home Button At Top Right" extension (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/home-button-at-top-right/bfejcgpdahgpmgadhgdadfiekmhgnifm) which lets you (via right-click Options) toggle on/off the new-tabs-as-apps feature.
- (2020-06-30) Merlin Schrader: I've tried at least 30 "new Tab" extensions, and this is the ONLY ONE that highlights the URL bar, so that you can type right away. Such a simple feature, but it makes a huge difference. Thank you!
- (2018-04-01) David G: only 654 users now ? I don't believe that ! this app is such a time saver . Now lets see if there is something like this for all the extensions?
- (2018-01-18) Jaideus: It really nice to have if you use google apps a lot and is easier than having to click apps every time. I give it 4 stars because you can't turn it on and off on the extension, so you have to go to the manage extensions page to turn it off for when you are looking up something and need to open a couple tabs. Other than that, its great.
- (2014-03-31, v:1.0) bug found
when the settings for APPEARANCE-HOMEPAGE are set to USE THE NEW TAB PAGE the initial-first page is still the bad-google omnibox! following tabs are OK all APPS PAGE....the other virtually identical competitor to your extension,,,SHOW APPS IN NEW TAB,,,, seems to be able to work around this...i think it that with a little tweaking you should be able to do the same! thank-you....
- (2014-03-31, v:1.0) why is google trying to destroy all its best products?
YOU ARE MY HERO!!! THIS IS WAY BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL NEW TAB PAGE!!!THIS IDEA SHOULD HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE AS SOON AS GOOGLE STARTED THE APPS IN CHROME!!! I WAS TRYING TO DO THIS VERY SAME IDEA,,,DRIVEN BY THE FRUSTRATION WITH THE HORRIBLE REMOVAL OF PINNED TABS AND THEN TOTAL DESTRUCTION WITH A GIANT SEARCHBAR/LOGO,,,,I COULD NEVER UNDERSTAND WHY GOOGLE DID NOT LET YOU HAVE MORE TABS ON THE PAGE??? SIMILAR TO WHAT APPLE SAFARI USED... THANK-YOU!!!