How do I change the default new tab page in Google Chrome (version 41 on Win 8.1).

I want it to point to an HTML page on my own computer - the same page in fact as I am using for my home page.

3 Answers 3


You can use a plugin

This extension does it


If the link dies, then search for "New Tab Redirect Chrome plugin"

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    The extension does the trick nicely. Many thanks. P.S. Can anyone tell me why Google have chosen to be so irritating? When you think of all the free stuff that Google offer us in order to try to make us like/appreciate them, I find it bizarre.
    – 1offguy
    Apr 14, 2015 at 14:07
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    I don't want to use and extension because I don't trust them. Would I have to make my own extension?
    – E.V.I.L.
    Apr 19, 2016 at 18:30
  • I'm with @E.V.I.L. Interestingly Google advertise all its products on this page that you can't change at this moment. Very monopolistic.
    – Alrik
    Feb 12, 2021 at 13:05

Really does look like you have to create or use an extension. Here's some info on how to do it, if you already know how to write an extension, from the Mozilla Dev Network, strangely enough.

Use the chrome_url_overrides key to provide a custom replacement for the documents loaded into various special pages usually provided by the browser itself.

Provide a replacement for the document that's shown in the "new tab" page. This is the page that's shown when the user has opened a new tab but has not loaded any document into it: for example, by using the Ctrl/Command+T keyboard shortcut.

I dug through the Empty New Tab Page extension a bit, and it provides a good template for doing this sort of thing.


From Chrome Help: Set your homepage and startup page

Choose your homepage (Tab Page)

You can control what page appears when you click in the top left of your screen the Home button.

  • Open Chrome.
  • In the top-right corner, click the icon you see: Menu Menu or More More.
  • Select Settings.
  • Under "Appearance," check the box Show Home button.
  • Below "Show Home button," click Change to choose your homepage.

The Home button will appear to the left of your address bar.

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    Jul 9, 2016 at 9:53
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    Not a correct answer to this question, since it doesn't change the new tab page.
    – Vexter
    Sep 17, 2016 at 18:17

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