Google Chrome Canary Build Introduces An Experimental New Tab Page

The latest version of Google Chrome canary build (14.0.802) houses a lot of changes to the new tab page, sync options and the way apps, bookmarks and the list of most visited sites appear on Google Chrome. Google wants to maximize the browsing area and hide almost everything under shortcuts, which also includes the URL bar and extension buttons.

Before you jump in to find the changes, update Google Chrome canary to it’s latest version and go to the about:flags page.Scroll down and enable all the goodies you want to use in Google Chrome, the latest additions are enabling typed URL sync, enabling the experimental new tab page, restricting instant to search and compact navigation.

When you are done enabling all or some of the new experimental features, hit the Relaunchbutton for the changes to take effect.

Let’s quickly take a look at the new features added to Google Chrome’s latest canary build.

The Experimental New Tab Page



Two separate tabs, one for the list of most visited sites and another for Apps.You can slide between the two tabs and keep your apps on one tab while the list of most visited sites on the other. Furthermore, the list of recently closed tabs is grouped at the bottom of the new tab page, clicking which pulls up a menu where you are shown the option to open recently closed tabs in a new browser window. If only I could figure out the keyboard shortcut for flipping between the two tabs on the new tab page, kind of produces a smartphone effect.

Sync Typed URL’s With Your Google Account


Apart from syncing extensions, bookmarks, passwords and apps with your Google account, you can also sync typed URL’s in Google Chrome. Google understands that the URL’s you type often are important to you and the auto fill suggestion for typed URL’s should be accessible across multiple computers. Hence, say hello to Typed URL sync.

Hide That Toolbar


Enabling the compact navigationfeature from about:flags page will let you hide every other UI element of chrome. This includes the bookmarks toolbar, the address bar and the extension buttons. All in one shot!

The address bar will be hidden by default. To enter a new web address, you have to either open a new tab   or hit the keyboard shortcut Control + L.

This is nice for users who have been using Google Chrome for quite some time. But not so nice for those who are new and need basic options right in front of their eyes. Then, the canary build is for power users, right?

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Amit Banerjee

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