Last week, in the Facebook group Technology for Genealogy, Thomas MacEntee shared a link to a MakeUseOf.com article about the Chrome extension, Awesome New Tab page. Since iGoogle is going away, this could be a possible replacement.
I’ve never really been a user of iGoogle – though, I did have a page configured. I never really cared all that much for the look and feel of it. However, I did like it for accessing my Google Bookmarks (which I am in the process of switching to Chrome Bookmarks). I tended to mostly just use the apps view of Chrome as my default homepage. But, I decided to give Awesome New Tab a twirl and I’m so glad I did!
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This is my current new tab configuration. I have easy access to my favorite websites & Chrome Web apps, all creating a colorful display. As the MakeUseOf article states, it is “..no longer just icons.”
I have set it so upon Chrome launch, this comes up + a page for my gmail – this is a timesaver for me. The images you see can either be from the Web Store, added yourself, or even use a screenshot.
I love the access to many Google services all from the green box near the top left corner. That box is bordered by several small icons for Google services – including Reader, News, Drive, Play, Picasa, YouTube, Google Image Search, Google News, and so many more!
I’ve not configured all the spaces (the black spaces) and that gives me room to grow. Additionally, I can drag the page to the right if I want more space. There is an icon already marked for the Chrome Web Store to get more to add and I’m going to enjoy myself the next few weeks getting everything finalized.
With this very Windows 8 look, Awesome New Tab page is quickly becoming my new best friend.