The Chrome-ntp-redesign saga continues. This time around, there are a bunch of new advanced customization options that the team is working on.
Most of these things do not work yet. I am testing these on Chrome’s Canary channel. With that note, let me show you what these changes are.
Two Sections – Custom Links and Most Visited Websites
Recently, Google replaced the most visited thumbnails with a set of links that you can customize. By default, these showed the most visited tabs, but the customization meant that you could replace them all with your own links.
Now, Google is dividing these links into two sections. You will have a set of customizable links and another set of most visited sites, icons instead of thumbnails.
As I said, this is not working yet, and there is an empty box on one side.
The page from where you customize these icons are available, but again, not functional. Here is how it looks like.
You will see two sections, “My shortcuts” and “Most visited sites”. You will also have an option to hide all the shortcuts, just by selecting the “Hide shortcuts” checkbox.
The option to select or upload an image, that is still there. However, there is something new here that I am excited about.
Don’t get excited yet, this is not functional at least in the current version of Chrome Canary.
The flag for this feature showed up in Canary a few days ago:
Chrome Colors menu
Show Chrome Colors menu in the NTP customization menu. – Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OSChrome Colors menu
I will have to check this page every time the Canary version of Chrome updates. I am assuming that this will be related to Chrome’s New Tab page, but it will be cool if this is a new way to manage Chrome browser themes in general.
I would like to know which part of this NTP makes you excited. Most visited links making a come back? the new Chrome colors and themes? Drop me a comment!