Chrome only: The oft-imitated New Tab button on the Google’s Chrome browser isn’t bad, but it’s not the most customisable either. Soup it up — and access your favourite bookmarked websites quickly — with Speed Dial.
Instead of keeping 4000 tabs or windows open so you can revisit websites quickly, just drop them into Speed Dial and keep them all accessible in a single click. The next time you open Speed Dial, all your favourite sites will be neatly lined up with a thumbnail preview of each page so you can tell what’s what at a glance. That’s all pretty similar to how the default New Tab page works, but Speed Dial expands on that in a few ways.
This slick extension lets you choose how many favourite slots you want to have available, anywhere from three to 36. You can also customise the background colour, theme, and whether you want the a search box displayed on Speed Dial’s main screen.
Once installed, the extension places a small icon in the address bar of your browser. When you’re visiting a page you want to add to Speed Dial, just click the icon and it will appear in your list. Note: Sometimes it takes a minute or two for changes to show up.
Previously mentioned Speed Dial, Fast Dial, and various other Firefox extensions sports a lot of the same features, though the two don’t appear to be related. (To give credit where due, we should also note that this whole interface originated with Opera’s Speed Dial feature.)
Will Speed Dial be on your list of must-have Chrome extensions, or are there other tweaks you prefer better? Let us know in the comments.