Blank New Tab in Chrome

Chrome keeps changing the layout of the new tab page, but I just want a blank page that loads quickly. The Empty New Tab extension almost did what I wanted, but I didn’t like the blank titles. It was like staring into soulless eyes.

So I created a new extension, dubbed Quick New Tab. It’s based off of Empty New Tab but creates new blank tabs with the title “New Tab”.

Quick New Tab screenshot

It’s free, it requires no permissions, and I already love it.

The source code is on github.

I also learned it is surprisingly easy to create a Chrome extension.





  1. A lot of my techy friends don’t understand why I still use Firefox, but there are two things I’ve evolved to needing that Chrome doesn’t give me: searching with a “/” and mouse gestures. I think I once found an extension to give me the first, but the only extensions I found for the second where from Chinese developers that wanted what appeared to be full access to my computer.

      » Comment by Cameron on April 25, 2014 @ 10:56 am
  2. I felt the same way. Not being able to use “/” to search was a huge obstacle that kept me from switching, but I loved how fast Chrome was (and is) so eventually I retrained my muscle memory for Ctrl-F.

    I remember using mouse gestures in Opera for a while, but I found them too cumbersome. I like to keep my hands on the keyboard anyway, so that wasn’t an issue.

    But as long as Firefox works for you, there’s no reason to change :)

      » Comment by Dan on April 25, 2014 @ 3:20 pm


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