extension ExtPose

Custom New Tab URL

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Customize the new tab URL.

Image from store Custom New Tab URL
Description from store Chrome doesn't allow you to configure a new tab URL. It always opens its New Tab Page with a search bar and some browsing history. With this extension, you can use the options page to store a link to a page or even a path to a local file that will be loaded when a new tab is created. It is very lightweight and easy to use! For people who prefer dark mode, try enabling the following Chrome builtin flag: chrome://flags/#enable-force-dark -------------------- ATTENTION: Since Chrome Version 118.0.5993.71, setting the new tab to a local file requires to turn the "Allow access to file URLs" option in the extension management page. Open the Manage Extension page, find the Custom New Tab URL extension and click the Details button, then find the option "Allow access to file URLs" and turn it on.

Latest reviews

  • (2023-10-23) E-K Matteau: Pretty simple, does what it says it does and not more instead of trying to do everything. I wanted to have my own custom bookmarks page as a new tab and this delivers. Also, kudos on the quick fix for the local URL that was broken due to chrome update.
  • (2023-10-19) Erik Staszewski: Works again
  • (2023-10-18) G Man: worked like a charm until the sudden permission change. EDIT: Now works like a charm. Thanks a lot Google for adding that stupid setting.
  • (2023-10-16) francois dubois: Hello everyone ... beginning with Chrome 118, extensions will need the "Allow access to file URLs" setting enabled from the chrome://extensions page to open a local file as the new tab page. Every new tab extension in the web store is impacted similarly.
  • (2023-10-15) Erik Osterud: I use this extension to display an HTML file as my new tab page, but it has stopped working in the latest release :(
  • (2023-10-15) Saw Lay: The extension stopped working with Chrome. I used this extension to display my HTML file as my Chrome theme. But now it has stopped working. Some permission requests when I open with Edge.
  • (2023-10-13) J: sudden permission change made me remove this extension. Replace the page that you see when opening a new tab <- required for this to function Read the icons of the websites that you visit <- should not be required for this application. Read and change your bookmarks <-- should also not be required for this application. seems like the author is starting to subtly collect user info.
  • (2023-10-02) Свин Тупорылов: Thanks! Your extension helped me to keep the aestetics of new tab. Search engine, that I use, don't show background image from Chrome's theme. So, I set chrome://new-tab-page as url, and now I have beautiful new tab and can search from omnibox (text cursor is there).
  • (2023-09-30) 利物浦的候刚: Very helpful!
  • (2023-09-27) bartek ginger: how do I fix error ERR_FILE_NOT_FOUND
  • (2023-09-10) mazal bohbot berrie: It's a great functional extension. However, the extension's options page (for me) macOS Ventura, Chrome (obvi) is a bunch of gobbledygook. It's rows and rows of boxed question marks. I followed a little tutorial, so I was able to past the desired URL in the right place, and voila—but it's weird. 🙏
  • (2023-08-22) Alexander “LeetZero” Claw: Love it, but as a suggestion please provide an option to keep the page loaded somehow. It's not the end of the world but when I access a new tab the background image on the page I want to use always has to load and it takes a little while as it's applied by Javascript.
  • (2023-08-09) Gah Bahj: i wanted a blank black page for new tabs and this does it. 100% satisfied.
  • (2023-08-05) ProBert: Sehr gute Erweiterung welche eine fehlende Funktion in Google Chrome, nämlich das individuelle festlegen des neues Tabs einstellen lässt. 👍
  • (2023-05-17) B H: Die Beschreibungen könnten bei Chrome Erweiterungen wirklich etwas besser sein. Aber es tut was es soll und funktioniert einwandfrei. Dicker Daumen hoch! Unverständlich warum sowas nicht standardmäßig in Chrome verfügbar ist.
  • (2023-04-12) M D: Finally, the extension I needed. Customize any page on Chrome with a website of your choice.
  • (2023-03-30) Simon Bloch: Great extension, with 1 caveat!: The styling of the new tab screen has a bright white background which is rather jarring (as mentioned above) when dark mode is enabled. I think the simplest fix would be changing the default background color of the extension to be black/grey/a darker color. Otherwise this extension is lightweight and very elegant! Thanks so much
  • (2023-02-17) lucas orestes: perfect
  • (2022-12-29) Aubrey Mobley: did not work the way i needed
  • (2022-11-21) Ray Foss, T&D: Would love it if the default new tab page could have a dark background. I need the bookmarks bar... An iFrame option would be AMAZING. That way we could have a custom new tab and keep the bookmarks bar available.
  • (2022-11-13) Tong Cell: Work like charm. Set to about:blank work with bookmarklet (javascript href). Cute and clean GUI options. Chrome x64 Windows 7 Enterprise.
  • (2022-08-02) Max SusLove: Works like a charm
  • (2022-07-05) It works! My main gripe is I wish it was faster, or didn't stomp over a URL bar I'm interacting with. Sometimes I open a new tab and start typing right away, and it pastes the URL over what I'm trying to do. The instant a new tab is open the URL should already be filled in, but that might not be possible. Or it should detect if the URL bar is already being interacted with and not paste the URL.
  • (2022-06-11) 予約次郎: Required for using Atavi. I think Atavi is required for web bookmarks, but unfortunately Atavi forces a newtab to rewrite, Atavi doesn't allow other choices of newtab, opens a heavy Atavi page every time a new tab is opened It is. Therefore, the extension that overwrites new tab is indispensable. Until now, it was good to use "Change New Tab", but it can no longer be used with the version upgrade of Google chrome. So I found this extension "Customize the new tab URL", very good! Thanks for developing a great extension!
  • (2022-06-05) Shreyansh Jain: Thanksss !!! was looking for this exact thing and found it after a lott of struggle...!!! and thankss for making thiss, developerss! 🙌🎉🙏😇
  • (2022-03-04) MPK: Seriously. Big browsers don't even have this feature. Why everything has to be done by an extension? This is such a basic thing... Very useful extension !
  • (2022-02-23) Júnior Silva: thanks!! i hate chrome forcing google home page
  • (2022-01-17) Leif Å.: It seems to work perfectly so far.
  • (2022-01-12) M S: excellent, google and Microsoft are tyran They impose on the user by force first advert page, thank you for fight with this terror ;)
  • (2021-11-22) Theo Carney: I'm trying to use this to set my new tab page to the OneTab extension home page: chrome-extension://##############/onetab.html When I hit cmd + t to open a new tab, it OneTab gets blocked: "############### is blocked This page has been blocked by Chrome ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT" I can get the page to load properly if I focus on the address bar and hit enter. Refresh button doesn't work. Maybe chrome won't allow one extension to open another, or I need to reconfigure a security setting? Either way pretty effing annoying that they removed the native functionality to customize your new tab smdh. Does anyone know how to fix this? I don't wanna be unfair and give a low review bc it seems like this is Chrome/Google being an @$$ about people getting a say in how they browse the web. But since I was hoping for this extension to solve this problem can't really give more than 3 stars.
  • (2021-11-20) Aaron Stevens: Does as described, however there's a split-second white flash when opening a new tab and it's very jarring, especially when my custom page is dark themed. The white flash is probably the redirect process, is there any way of changing the colour of this?
  • (2021-05-03) Lyle: Tried a couple versions on the Microsoft Edge store, but ultimately it was this one that worked perfectly (setting new tab page to the local bookmarks/favorites page), thanks
  • (2020-12-02) Anton Trapp: Click ... installed ... click ... set local path ... new tab ... working. Can't be better than that! TNX
  • (2020-09-12) John Pittenger: I wanted to use my own custom local page as my landing page for a new tab, and this extension allowed me to do just that. Awesome.
  • (2020-09-03) Chieh Kuo: 好用,可以自己決定頁面
  • (2020-07-31) 風呂(Ray): Would be great if "about:blank" actually opened a blank page tab, vs a blank tab with about:blank in the URL. See https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/blank-new-tab-page/jonikckfpolfcdcgdficelkfffkloemh?hl=en-US for how they did it
  • (2020-07-25) Pixel Whale: 簡單好用
  • (2020-07-21) Mark Palmos: Great BUT the address bar is not automatically selected, so you cannot create a new tab and start typing in an address or search request. A Great Pity!
  • (2020-07-04) Lucas Jarrett: Exactly what you need to give the finger to Microsoft attempting to every element of your life.
  • (2020-07-04) Cassian Lodge: When I open a new tab and start typing a URL, the new tab loads and the URL overwrites what I just wrote. It's really annoying! When the new tab loads, the URL should be highlighted, or the address bar should be empty and the cursor should be in it ready for me to type.
  • (2020-06-24) Royce Whitaker: Works great!
  • (2020-03-10) Denis Litvintsev: Perfect doing what it says. One thing is that this extension not removing path from URL box. and it's not possible from page due security of Chrome. If it possible please add the clearing option.
  • (2020-01-31) revchain: Excellent
  • (2020-01-30) Rocket Pak: Doesn't work.
  • (2019-11-25) Sergey Myndrya: Great and handy extension.
  • (2019-09-16) Richard T E: There are many good newtab-redirect extensions for Chrome, and "Custom New Tab URL" is one of the best. If you are trying to override a different extension's newtab page, you should test this one and others for compatibility with your particular extensions. If you prefer Google as your default page, try these URLs: "chrome-search://local-ntp/local-ntp.html" or "https://www.google.com/webhp" -- for optimal functionality.
  • (2019-07-28) 信的工作室: 還不錯 就是前面要再另外加http協定的字詞 一開始弄了好久 這東西很棒 整潔 乾淨
  • (2019-07-05) Chris Bartley: Perfect, thank you! LOVE that it also puts focus in the URL. Well done!
  • (2019-06-30) Josh Unwin: Love that it keeps the omnibox (search/url bar) in focus so you can still search instantly.
  • (2019-06-06) Bruce Yi: awesome!

Latest issues

  • (2023-11-01, v:1.1.5) Archith Aswath: Extension broken
    I read somewhere that the extensions permission to access local files. If anyone has tried it or done it successfully please share the instructions.
  • (2023-10-14, v:1.1.4) francois dubois: This wonderful extension has stopped working for me today.
    I am on Windows 11 desktop (Pro) with latest version of Google Chrome and this extension has worked very well for me up until today.
  • (2023-10-13, v:1.1.4) G Man: Extension does not function after latest update
    Sorry, I hadn't realized there was a dedicated Support section until later. To start with, the latest update has rendered this extension completely inoperable for me. To clarify,, the new tab page is completely blank, as if I had not entered a URL into the extension settings. It's not the fault of the file's URL since I use it as my home page URL too and that simply works. Even entering the URL into the address bar opens it just fine. Not sure why the extension isn't picking up the URL anymore. My Chrome version is the latest official build 118.0.5993.71
  • (2022-05-23, v:1.1.3) James R. Walker: Add-on not working
    I downloaded and installed the add-on from the Chrome Web Store for Opera Browser Mac (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/extensions), checked the enabled box and entered start.duckduckgo.com (first URL address) then clicked save. I opened a new tab in Opera browser for Mac and start.duckduckgo.com did not open. The new tab looks just as it did before installing the add-on.
  • (2021-11-04, v:1.1.3) Asher Kobin: Chrome Tab Custom New URL
    Has this project been abandoned? Can you share the source code? Is it on Github?
  • (2020-09-09, v:1.1.3) Roger Chappell: Chrome disabling extension
    As of a few weeks ago, Chrome keeps turning this new tab URL extension off. I turn it back on, and it works fora little while (about a day) and then it is turned off again. They do it with other new tab extensions too, such as 'New Tab Redirect'. Do you know why?
  • (2020-06-01, v:1.1.3) Dylan Lemoine: Can't Search in New Tab
    Before recently (as recent as a week ago), when opening a new tab with this extension enabled, the cursor would default to the search bar so I could do the following: 1. Ctrl + T 2. Begin typing to load a website/search Now, it doesn't do that so I have to click into the search bar to use it. This behavior works when not using the extension.
  • (2020-03-12, v:1.1.3) Kevin Scott: admin policy configuration
    Would love to use this across our G Suite account, but would need to be able to set the URL by policy (JSON for Chrome OS devices) - https://www.chromium.org/administrators/configuring-policy-for-extensions Are you open to this? I can't find any other similar extension that supports this.
  • (2020-02-07, v:1.1.3) Marcus Benwell: grade 3 language and detailed instructions please, no flowery lingo, thank you
    how does custom new tab chrome work, you need detailed instructions, don't see any way to input a desired page url ect. just a page with every bookmark as you say, but no way to change it. [email protected]
  • (2018-07-12, v:1.1.2) Adrian Commins (DreadfulDrummer): Not highlighting Omnibox text anymore
    Recently the Omnibox, while still gaining focus, doesn't highlight the text. The text cursor is placed at the end of the URL so I have to remember to hit F6, Ctrl+L or Ctrl+K before typing, which I never do.
  • (2018-06-19, v:1.1.2) Local settings
    I have this extension installed on a couple of different computers. I have it set to show a local file. However, the path is different on each computer. Your extension does not seem to use local settings, though, so I have to change the URL every time I move to the other computer. Am I doing something wrong?
  • (2018-04-04, v:1.0) Some Guy Online: Redirects rather than loads
    I love everything about this app except the fact that it works as a redirect rather than an actual URL load. When I installed it and ran it (started a new tab), Chromes' classic new tab loaded first and then was redirected to Custom New Tab URL settings. Fix this bug and you get 5 stars. Specs: Windows 10 64-bit Chrome: 65.0.3325.181
  • (2016-12-09, v:1.0) Hans Lain: Browser History Access?
    Why does this need browser History Access?
  • (2016-04-12, v:1.0) Morat Gurgeh: Love it
    Just wanted to tell you I love your extension. Does exactly what it needs to do and nothing more. I wish there were more extensions like this out there :) Great job! Scott Posch


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4.5375 (80 votes)
Last update / version
2023-10-18 / 1.1.5
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