One of the most popular features of Opera is the Speed Dial. It has been emulated by several other browser manufacturers including Chrome. Chrome displays thumbnails of the most frequently visited websites as well as a list of recently closed tabs in the new tab page.
There is no doubt that Chrome’s new tab page is extremely handy. However, it is also very rigid. There is very little about the new tab page, which you can change. Speed Dial extension for Chrome tries to make the new tab page more personal by giving you more control.
Speed Dial extension allows you to dress up the new tab page by using a custom background color or even a background image. You can also change the number of Speed Dial entries that are displayed. However, the biggest change is the way the Speed Dial entries are chosen. By default, Chrome fills in your Speed Dial slots using most frequently visited pages. However, once you install the Speed Dial extension you will be able to manually chose each entry.
Techie Buzz Verdict
The Speed Dial extension for Chrome basically takes Chrome’s new tab page and makes it behave like Opera’s. This is an early release, hence some features like ability to use local background image is missing. Using a remotely hosted image has its own disadvantages. I often ended up with partially loaded or missing background image. The other drawback is that, creating a Speed Dial shortcut takes a bit more effort than I would have liked. In order to add a page, you will have to browse to that page and then click on the Speed Dial icon (which is oddly similar to AVG’s logo) in the Omnibar.
Give Speed Dial extension for Google Chrome a try if you want more control over your new tab page.
Techie Buzz Rating: 2.5/5 (Average)