When you open a new tab in Chrome, shouldn’t it show you something useful? Yes, you can download a third-party extension to make your “New Tab” page stand out, but it doesn’t really work adjust the page with no coding experience … oh wait, Google just released a tool that allows you to create tab extensions without coding. Happy Days!
Tab Maker is a free tool that allows you to create custom tab extensions using simple templates. For example, you can create an extension that shows photos of animals on Chrome’s New Tab page, or you can create an extension that shows you local news every time you open a new tab.
The process is simple – just launch the Tab Maker website, create your tab extension, and install it on Chrome. You can even share your tab extensions or upload them to the Chrome Web Store!
There are a few weird quirks with this process, however. Your custom tab extension pulls data such as pictures from a Google spreadsheet that is stored in your account. If you ever want to update your tab extension, you’ll need to edit this Google Sheet (or upload your extension back to Tab Maker). Plus, you can’t develop your own Tab Maker templates, so you’re stuck with what Google has to offer.
I’m excited to see Google add more customization tools to Chrome, and so do I. Yes, really hope Tab Maker finds its way to other browsers. But I have one little concern: if people can list Tab Maker extensions on the Chrome Web Store, could they use those extensions to distribute malware? After all, Google isn’t the best at protecting its browser extensions.
Source: Google via 9to5Google
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