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If you like just a little distraction when you start up your browser, if you find Twitter and news sites too in-your-face, but a blank page too mundane, try Wikipedia. Yeah that's right, we just linked to Wikipedia, like it's some obscure site we found. Because if you only end up there through Google results, you might have never noticed their elegant, calming home page.

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Firefox includes a couple of options for your new tab page. You can go with a grid of your most commonly visited sites, use the Firefox Start Page that has a Google search bar and quick links to your history, add-ons or downloads, or stick with the classic "about:blank". If you don't like those options, or you want something a bit more flexible, you do have options that add more features to every new tab. Let's look at some of them.

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Chrome: If you like the look of Windows 8's Start Screen, but you're not keen on using it in Windows, New Metrotab for Chrome lets you use it for your new tab page. You get tiles for bookmarks, favourite sites, email and more. If you're looking to spruce up "about:blank" with something more useful, this will do the trick.

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The new tab page built into Chrome (and soon, Firefox) is a nice touch, but it isn't incredibly customisable, nor is it particularly beautiful. If you're looking for something a little beyond what your browser's default start page has to offer, here are our favourite extensions and services that add a bit of extra functionality and pizzazz to your new tabs.

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Chrome: Like the name suggests, the Awesome New Tab Page extension adds a new New Tab page to Google Chrome. The result is a Windows 8 Metro UI-inspired new tab page that's fully customisable with apps, widgets, bookmarks and so on.