How to Change New Tab Page Background in Google Chrome

The following blog post will guide you step by step instructions on how to change new tab page background in Chrome browser.

How to Change New Tab Page Background in Google Chrome

Starting with Google Chrome 68, the company has introduced lots of useful experimental features. Now you can enable rich search suggestion in Chrome. In this post, I’m going to review another chrome feature using users can change the background of the new tab page in Chrome. Sound cool? Yes, it is!

This is a useful feature and takes users one step further the way users customize Chrome New Tab page. With this feature, users can set custom background or color of their choice to the New Tab page, when Google search is a default search engine.

Update September 04, 2018: Starting with Chrome 69, the Chrome material design redesign is enabled with default settings. You don’t have to enable any flag.

In case, its still not working, then you can enable it via step discussed below.

How to Change New Tab Page Background in Google Chrome

Currently, this is an experimental feature, and if you want to try out this new feature, then you need to activate two experimental flags named “Enable using the Google Local NTP” and “New Tab Page Background Selection.”

Here’s is how you can do that:

Note: Follow upcoming steps only, if you’re aware of what is Chrome experimental flags and what are their pros and cons.

1. Launch the Google Chrome browser on your PC.

2. In the address bar, you need to copy-paste following address:

chrome://flags/#use-google-local-ntp

Here, using the drop-down next to this flag, change settings from Default to Enabled.

Enable using the Google Local NTP

Click on the Relaunch Now.

3. After that, again in the address bar, you need to copy-paste following address:

chrome://flags/#ntp-backgrounds

Again change the flag settings from Default to Enabled using drop-down and click on Relaunch Now button.

New Tab Page Background Selection

At this point, you have successfully enabled the Chrome New Tab page background selection feature.

4. Now if you open the New Tab in Google Chrome and have a look at the bottom right corner, you will see a Gear icon.

change background new tab in chrome

When you click on it, Customize background dialog will open up. Here click on Chrome wallpapers.

This will open a box giving you the option to select from wallpaper from various Google Wallpapers category which includes:

  • Landscapes
  • Seascapes
  • Art
  • Cityscapes
  • Life
  • Texture
  • Earth
  • Geometric Shapes
  • Solid colors

google wallpaper category

Select Google Chrome wallpaper category from which you want to select wallpaper.

select from google wallpaper in chrome

Here you will get a list of wallpapers that comes under the selected category. Select one and then click on Done button.

Instantly, the same wallpaper will be set background in the New Tab page. This is how it looks like:

How to Change New Tab Page Background in Google Chrome

In case, you want to set the solid color, as a background then select Solid Colors category from the list. It has various colors.

How to Remove New Tab Background?

At any point, you want to switch back to default background of Chrome; then you need to click on the Gear icon and then select Restore default background option.

restore default background- google chrome

As of now, this new feature only offers you Chrome wallpaper, but the Chrome Canary version provides you more options like Select from Google Photos, and Upload a custom photo from PC.

I expect these will be available later in the stable version of Google Chrome.

Isn’t this a handy feature? What do you think of this new experiment feature? Do you want Chrome to have this feature out of the box? Find my blog post on how to change New Tab page background in Google Chrome?

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