5 Cool Extensions For a Beautiful Chrome Start Page

5 Cool Extensions For a Beautiful Chrome Start Page

5 Cool Extensions For a Beautiful Chrome Start Page

Software and UI design today strive to be beautiful. Beauty can be defined as something that looks good, feels nice, or functions well. This trend can be seen in the design of Windows 8 (the Metro side), iOS 7, Android KitKat, and OS X Yosemite. If you wish to apply the same aesthetic to your Chrome start page, continue reading.

1. Momentum

Momentum is a blend of productivity and inspiration. It’s visually appealing, with a high-resolution background and a clock in bold letters. It also displays one motivational quote at the bottom.

5 Cool Extensions For a Beautiful Chrome Start Page

You’re invited to add your daily focus task. It’s not synced with any service, but it will always be there. If you’re like me, you open the new tab often. Nothing like having to look at the focus tasks multiple times a day to motivate you. However, be aware that at 37 MB, this is the heaviest extension I’ve ever encountered.

2. Currently

5 Cool Extensions For a Beautiful Chrome Start Page

Currently is a minimalist extension that shows the current time and weather. If you prefer simplicity but don’t want to use the regular Google page, give Currently a try. You can customize the appearance to fit your preferences.

3. Instatabs

Want to view your Instagram feed every time you open Chrome? You can do it with Instatabs.

5 Cool Extensions For a Beautiful Chrome Start Page

When you log in, your Instagram feed will display as a grid of six. You can view videos, engage with the content, and like and comment directly from Instatabs. The extension also supports sponsored posts, although I have not encountered any so far.

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4. OneFeed

OneFeed is a start page that connects to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram accounts, pulling in the latest updates.

5 Cool Extensions For a Beautiful Chrome Start Page

You can view all updates in a card layout over a space background, similar to iOS 7’s default wallpaper. It is fast and fluid.

5 Cool Extensions For a Beautiful Chrome Start Page

The News section curates the best of what’s going on in the world. This extension lets you add RSS feeds to stay up to date with your favorite blogs.

5 Cool Extensions For a Beautiful Chrome Start Page

AlphaQuotes is a simple start page that displays inspiring quotes or phrases in big red capital letters. The background is white, and there are no credits or links to anything. At the bottom, it says “Built with AngularJS,” linking to the official site. Hovering over the text changes it to a shade of blue, and clicking on it changes the quote. This tool is lightweight, fast, and a good reminder to overcome the Javascript hump.

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