Change the background of New Tab page in Google Chrome

One important change that was noticed in the latest version of Google Chrome browser – Chrome 68 was handing out ‘Not secure’ label in the address bar of websites not using HTTPS. Apart from this, the browser added the capability to enable or disable a ‘Preference’ that customizes the background of New Tab page in Google Chrome without using any browser extension or addon.

Change background of New Tab page in Chrome

For users unaware of this change, Google Chrome supports this feature but it isn’t enabled by default. However, enabled, lets Chrome users set several Chrome wallpapers as background in New Tab page. Let’s see how!

Launch the browser and type chrome://flags/ in the address bar and press Enter. It’ll open the advanced configuration page. It lets you configure secret settings. Please note that enabling these features can cause few unwanted changes.

When opened, type new tab page in the Search flags box and check if the following 2 options are visible to you –

  1. Enable using the Google local NTP
  2. New Tab Page Background Selection.

Enable using the Google local NTP

Experimental feature

Search for this setting and select Enabled.

New Tab Page Background Selection

This setting allows selection of a custom background image on the New Tab Page. To change this and enable the background change of the New Tab page in Google Chrome, click the drop-down arrow and select Enabled option.

Instantly, the browser will prompt you to restart. Click on “Relaunch now” button visible there to restart Google Chrome.

When done, simply open New Tab page in Chrome and check if you see a new “Settings” icon present at the bottom-right corner of New Tab page. Hit it to open the “Chrome wallpapers” option and under “Customize background” section.

Select the desired category from the list of various wallpapers.

Change background of New Tab page in Chrome browser

When selected, hit the ‘Done‘ button.

Relaunch Chrome and you will see the change.

If you would like to restore the original setting and disable the feature, select the “Default” option from the drop-down box again and restart the browser.

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