Customise your new tab page in Chrome

Depending on your default search engine, you may be able to control what appears below the search box on your New tab page.

On your computer, you can customise:

  • The theme with an image and colour
  • The content that appears

To customise your New tab page, you must be signed in to your Google Account and use Google as your default search engine.

Customise your New Tab page

When you open a new tab, under the search box, you can find websites that you visit often or shortcuts to websites you chose.

To switch between shortcuts or your most visited websites:
  1. Open Chrome.
  2. At the bottom right of a New Tab page, click Customise Chrome .
  3. Under “Shortcuts,” select My shortcuts or Most visited sites.
  4. To hide shortcuts, turn off Show shortcuts.
To remove or edit a site:
  1. Point to its icon. 
  2. At the top right of the icon, click More More.
  3. Select either Edit shortcut or Remove.

Tip: Suggested articles don’t appear on your homepage on your computer. 

Change browser theme

Add a custom background image

You can choose from theme categories and special collections or upload an image to use as a background in Chrome.

  1. At the bottom right of a New Tab page, click Customise Chrome .
    • At the top right, you can also select Side panel and then Customise Chrome.
  2. Under “Appearance,” select Change theme.
  3. You can:
    • Select a theme from the gallery.
    • Select Upload an image.

Chrome suggests a browser colour automatically, based on the image that you upload or the theme that you select. If you don’t like the suggested colour, under 'Appearance', pick a different colour.

To reset the theme, at the bottom of the panel, select Reset to default Chrome.

Tip: To change your background daily, click on a collection and turn on Refresh daily.

Change your browser’s colour

  1. At the bottom right of a New Tab page, click Customise Chrome .
    • At the top right, you can also select Side panel and then Customise Chrome
  2. Under 'Appearance', select from the available options. 
    • When you select a theme, Chrome suggests colours that pair together.

Manage dark mode in Chrome

  1. At the bottom right of a New Tab page, select Customise Chrome .
    • At the top right, you can also select Side panel  and then Customise Chrome
  2. Under 'Appearance', select either:
    • Light : Chrome will be in a light theme.
    • Dark : Chrome will be in a dark theme..
    • Device : Chrome will follow your device’s theme. 

Learn more about dark mode or dark theme

Use Chrome Cards on your New Tab page

Chrome curates content that may interest you based on your activity. You must be signed in to your Google Account for your cards to appear on the New Tab page. When you click on an item in a card, it opens the content in the same tab.

With Chrome cards, you can:

  • View your cards.
  • Dismiss a card's content or turn a card on and off.
  • Click through your cards to find personalised sites and content.

Turn cards on or off

  1. At the bottom of a New Tab page, click Customise .
  2. Click Cards and then Customise cards.
  3. Select the cards that you want to show or hide.
Resume browsing on your New Tab page

One way your Chrome browser history and searches are organised is by group.

You can resume browsing easily by clicking a card:

  • On the New Tab page, click on sites from your history.
  • On the New Tab page, you can click related searches.

Open all results

Open a new group of tabs, which includes your initial search and relevant web pages.

  1. Open a new tab or window in Chrome.
  2. In the centre of your screen, find the resume browsing card.
  3. On the top-right card, click More More and then Open all in a new tab group.

Hide a specific card

Remove a specific search from the New Tab page until you decide to search for it again.

  1. Open a new tab or window in Chrome.
  2. In the centre of your screen, find the resume browsing card.
  3. On the top-right card, click More More and then Hide [search].

Learn more about resuming browsing.

Get started with your baskets in Chrome
When you add items to the basket of a retailer but don't complete checkout, you can get a link to the basket in your new tab page. 

Important: Baskets are shown in Chrome for 14 days, or until you check out.

Get discounts on items in your baskets

Sometimes, retailers offer discounts on your basket. To allow these discounts:

  1. When Google asks for your permission, click Get discounts.
  2. At the top of a basket, check for a discount badge.
  3. To go to the retailer site, click the badge.
  4. The discount is applied automatically to your purchase.
    • If the discount isn't applied automatically, copy and paste the discount code manually.

Hide specific retailers

  1. Open a new tab or window in Chrome.
  2. In the centre of your screen, beneath your bookmarks, find the retailer you want to hide.
  3. At the top right corner of the basket you want to hide, click More .
  4. Select an option:
    • To hide the shop until you change the contents of the basket, select Hide [Retailer name].
    • To hide the shop permanently, select Don’t show [Retailer name].

Hide your baskets

  1. Open a new tab or window in Chrome.
  2. In the centre of your screen, at the top right of "Your baskets," click More .
  3. Select an option:
    • To dismiss your baskets until you make a change, select Hide these baskets.
    • To turn off your baskets, select Don’t show baskets.
Use the Drive priority card in Chrome

On some managed devices, Chrome creates shortcuts to Drive files that you may need and adds them to your new tab page automatically. The 'Drive priority' card appears on your new tab page for several reasons. For instance, files may be prioritised and appear if:

  • Someone leaves a new comment on a file.
  • The file is attached to your next meeting.

The 'Drive priority' card displays three files at a time and appears below your web shortcuts.

On your computer, the 'Drive priority' card won't appear.

Hide the Drive priority card on your New Tab page

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Open a new tab if one doesn’t appear automatically.
  3. At the top right of the 'Drive priority' card, click More More.
  4. Select an option:
    • To dismiss the Drive card content, select Hide for now.
    • To turn off the Drive card, select Never show Google Drive files.

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