Old New Tab

Old New Tab

Replaces the new tab page in an attempt to replicate the old new tab page.

What is Old New Tab?
"Old New Tab" is a Chrome extension that lets you restore the look of your new tab page. It uses open-source software to create a design that mimics the former new tab page. Though many elements appear as they did before, this extension also includes additional features like a bookmarks bar. The extension leverages necessary permissions for improved functionality, striking a balance between the innovative and the familiar.
Users: 819 ▲ 13
Rating: 3.93 (14)
Version: 0.1.2 (Last updated: 2014-03-15)
Creation date: 2014-03-14
Risk impact: Moderate risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
Overrides new tab: Yes
  • storage
  • topSites
  • management
  • bookmarks
  • chrome://favicon/
Size: 1.51M
URLs: Website
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This brings back the old new tab page, as much as we possibly could.

Where can I view the source of this extension?

This extension is open source and available on GitHub at https://github.com/kevin-brown/chrome-old-new-tab.

What are all of these permissions for?

Access the icons of the websites you visit. - This is needed to get the favicons of websites that will be visible in the [future] bookmarks bar and website listing. Read and modify your bookmarks - Chrome does not allow read-only access in settings, which is why this also gives the permission to modify bookmarks. This permission is needed in order to retrieve the bookmarks which will be used for the [future] bookmarks bar. Read and modify your browsing history - Once again, chrome does not allow read-only access. This is requested in order to retrieve the list of top websites you access. We do not do anything to the data other than read it. Manage your apps, extensions, and themes - The apps page allows you to manage your apps, anything from viewing the options to removing them, which is why this permission is required. This extension will only read the data for apps, along with allowing for the removal of apps through that page, which all requires user input.

Why are the thumbnails not visible on the top sites tab?

In order to generate the thumbnails on the top sites tab, Chrome requires access to a separate namespace which will generate the thumbnails. There is currently no way to grant an extension access to this page, so the thumbnails are currently defaulted to the what they would normally look like if the thumbnail could not be loaded. This may change in the future, but currently it is not possible.

User reviews
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  • Brings back memories
  • Works really well
  • Simple and functional
  • Best 'old tab' extension
  • Does not show apps on the apps tab
  • Does not work for some users
  • Bookmarks bar not visible
  • Lacks high resolution icons
Most mentioned
  • Old New Tab design
  • Issues with functionality/not working
  • Missing bookmarks bar
  • Lack of app visibility
  • Icon resolution
Recent reviews
It doesn't work for me.
by Igor Mogilevsky Igor Mogilevsky, 2024-01-08

This is really good! It just doesn't show the apps in on the apps tab which is a bit disappointing, but other that that it is fine.
by James Reilly James Reilly, 2022-10-26

it does not work
by marcus pludek marcus pludek, 2022-08-11
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Risk impact

Old New Tab may not be safe to use and it requires some risky permissions. Exercise caution when installing this extension. Review carefully before installing.

Risk likelihood

Old New Tab has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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