Add Custom Web Apps To Chrome’s New Tab Page

While custom new tab pages like previously mentioned are great, some of you may prefer Chrome’s default for its easy access to Chrome-only web apps. Here’s how to add your other favourite pages to Chrome’s new tab page.By default, there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to just add any old website to Chrome’s new tab page. If you want just as quick access to, say, Lifehacker as you do the New York Times or TweetDeck, reader andrew.yeh.10{
“name”: “Name_of_web_app”,
“description”: “Description of web app”,
“version”: “1.0”,
“icons”: {
“128”: “128.png”
“app”: {
“urls”: [
] ,
“launch”: {
“web_url”: “”
“permissions”: [

Then, in the same folder, save a 128×128 png image as “128.png”. This will be used as the web app’s icon.

After this is done, go to chrome://extensions/. Open up the developer mode (top right) and “Load unpacked extension”. Navigate to the folder you created and hit OK.

Alternatively, you can “Pack extension” by clicking the option and navigating to the folder. This will create an installable .crx file.

Dropbox can keep your personal Chrome web apps in sync between computers.

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