Create your own custom tab extensions for Chrome with no coding required. make your own
Please head to tabmaker.withgoogle.com on a desktop computer to build your new tab extension.
Extensions made with Tab Maker are compatible with the Chrome browser.
What is Tab Maker?
A tool that helps anyone to build custom tab extensions for Chrome,
with no coding required.
What can I make with Tab Maker?
Share images, text, links or GIFs that inspire, educate or inform. Every new tab is a chance to share what
matters to you. Check out some examples in the gallery for inspiration.
How does it work?
Just follow the step-by-step instructions to create your design and fill in a Google Sheet with links to your
When you're done, you'll get a ZIP file with your extension, ready to share with the world.
Collaborating with others and updating the content is easy too: just edit the Google Sheet, and everything
be automatically updated.
Why did we build Tab Maker?
Millions of new tabs are opened every day in Chrome but up until now, customising them required coding
experience. With more to share than ever before, we wanted to open up this platform to anyone, regardless of
coding skills. If you already have some coding chops, check out the Chrome Extensions documentation.
How to use Tab Maker:
1. Design your new tab page
First, choose from one of the 11 templates.
You'll now be given a link to a Google Sheet. Make a copy of this, then click 'publish to the web'
(don’t worry, instructions are included). You'll also find some example content on the sheet to get
As you publish your sheet, you'll see a URL in the box below. Copy this link and paste it back into
Now for the fun part. Just follow the instructions in Tab Maker to edit the design. There's plenty of
example content to play around with or you can upload your own into the Google Sheet straight away.
Just click on each block to make changes or drag them to resize.
Once you're happy with the design, you can download your extension as a ZIP file, but as the Google
lives online you can update the content whenever you like. For more information about sharing and
using your extension, just click here.
If you have any more questions about creating your tab extension, take a look at our FAQs.
2. Share and use your extension
Sharing Privately and testing:
(We recommend using this method first to test out your extension before uploading it to the Chrome Web
First, make sure you unzip your downloaded file
Head to chrome://extensions
Turn on "developer mode"
Click "load unpacked"
Select your unzipped extension file
Open a new tab window to see your extension in use
You can share your ZIP file with anyone and ask them to follow the above instructions to install your
tab extension on their Chrome browser.
Sharing on the Chrome Web Store:
(If you want to make your extension available for anyone to download)
First, you will need to create a developer account, this requires a small, one-off
You will then need to upload the ZIP file to the dashboard
Once here, fill out the required information
You will need to upload an icon – this can be found in your downloaded ZIP
Once finished, your extension will be submitted for approval and then available on
Chrome Web Store
If you have any further questions about designing your tab extension check the FAQs
Here's some ideas of what could be built using Tab Maker. Create your own here.
For more inspiration head to the Chrome Web Store or search #TabMaker
Dive into MoMA's collection of modern and contemporary art with each new search
The new tab page is the most viewed web page in Chrome, making it a great place to share what you care
about, with the people you want to reach.
What is in the ZIP file?
Your ZIP file contains everything you need to upload your extension to the Chrome Web Store. This includes
What is a no code tool?
Traditionally, new tab extensions could only be made by developers with coding experience. The Tab Maker
tool is a simple, user-friendly alternative for anyone looking to utilise the new tab page in Chrome.
About Chrome Extensions
What is a new tab extension?
The Chrome Web Store is
full of extensions designed to enhance your life online. Specifically, new tab extensions change the look of
the default ‘new tab’ page in your browser so you can discover something new every time you open a new tab.
What is a new tab page?
By default, Chrome will display a Google search bar and shortcuts to your favourite sites. This is the same
for every new tab that you open, before you direct it elsewhere.
Can I use more than one new tab extension at once?
No, Chrome only supports the use of one extension at a time.
What should I do if I am having trouble installing Chrome extensions?
Tab Maker currently supports text, links, images and GIFs. Head to the ‘How To’ section for more information
on uploading content.
Can I use my own Google Sheet as a content feed?
No, you must use a copy of the Google Sheet provided to make sure it’s properly linked to your extension.
How do I update / edit the content?
Your extension will be linked to a unique Google Sheet, where you can add links to your content and share
Can I add any extra features to my extension?
You can use the functions in
Google Sheets. Just be aware that not all of these will work in the new
tab page format. Please also note that your extension’s feed will be updated every hour, so any
time-based functions won’t be shown in real time. Once you have your ZIP file, you have full access to the
code so you can edit however you like.
Can I use my own templates?
There’s currently no option to upload your own templates. If you want more control over the design, you can
access and edit the full CSS stylesheet once you have downloaded your ZIP file.
Why are my images changing size in my tab extension?
The image size is responsive and will scale proportionally to the size of your browser window.
Why is the text changing size in my tab extension?
The text you set using the Tab Maker tool will be its maximum size. To make sure it’s always visible, it
will shrink depending on the size of the window it’s viewed in. If it’s important for you to keep the text
size consistent, try keeping the content on each link to a similar length.
Can I edit the design once I have downloaded my ZIP file?
Yes, there is an option to upload existing ZIP files, that have been made using Tab Maker, in step one of
What do I do once I have downloaded my ZIP file?
This depends on who you want to share it with. If you want to make it available to the public, for anyone to
search and download, you can upload your ZIP file to the Chrome Web Store Developer Dashboard. If your
extension is more personal or you only want to share it with a few select people, you can send them the ZIP
file to upload via their Extension Manager in Chrome.
More details about both can be found
What permissions does the extension use?
When you upload to the Chrome Web Store, you'll need to fill out some information about how your extension
works. New tab extensions made with Tab Maker use the "alarms" permission to update content in the
background, and the "storage" permission to store content to be displayed by the extension. They do not load
any remote code. Please note that if you do change the code of your extension in any way, then you will need
to update these permissions accordingly.
How will people find my extension?
If you’ve shared your extension in the Chrome Web Store, anyone will be able to search for it and download.
Alternatively, you can send your unique ZIP file directly to anyone you like. They’ll be able to install it
via their Extension Manager in Chrome.