Chrome: If Chrome’s built-in new tab page looks a little plain to you, or if you like the look of Microsoft’s Metro UI, MySites is a Chrome extension that changes the new tab page into a start page decorated with a search bar and tiles that take you straight to your favourite sites.
Once installed, you can set up the tiles any way you like. Just like the default new tab pages, you can have separate screens for your Chrome apps and extensions, favourites, or just frequently visited pages. Clicking the left and right arrows gives you more screens to spread out on. The sizes of the blocks relate directly to the frequency of your visits to that site, so sites you browse all the time will show up large and bright.
The only downside we found to MySites is that the search bar that’s built in to the pages uses the “MyStart” search engine, which looks like it’s just an affiliate front end for Google. There’s no way to just set it to Google or any other search engine, so that’s a bit of a bummer. Still, you can set your favourite engine as a tile, or just use Chrome’s omnibar, so it’s not that big of a deal. Have you tried MySites, or do you have another favourite tool to customise Chrome’s new tab pages? Let us know in the comments below.