Isn’t Google Chrome a fantastic web browser? Well, it’s a web browser that’s used by 310 million people worldwide and it takes up 40% of the marketplace. And one of the biggest reasons behind that is Chrome’s various useful and convenient features.
One of those features is the “Thumbnails” feature that lets you add the most visited sites on Chrome’s main page. The question is how to add thumbnails to Google Chrome homepage.
It would be nice to have the ability to access some of your favorite sites like Google, Facebook, and YouTube instantly, wouldn’t it? And that’s why in this article we will be discussing the methods of adding thumbnails to your Google Chrome browser.
How to Add Thumbnails to Google Chrome Homepage?
The thumbnail feature of Google Chrome has been criticized and bashed by its users in the past because of its lack of customization. For instance, it used to work automatically in the older Chrome versions and it didn’t let the user pick the websites that should be used for quick access.
Moreover, this feature only supported eight thumbnails at max. But that’s not the case for the latest versions of Chrome. You can easily add thumbnails to your Chrome’s main page and you can even increase the maximum number of thumbnails you can have on the homepage. We will discuss the latter point at the end of the article.
A friendly reminder! You can only add thumbnails manually in the PC version of Chrome. This feature is automatic in the app version (for smartphones and tablets) and you cannot set it manually.
With all that said, let’s have a look at the different methods of adding thumbnails to Google Chrome browser. Oh, and before you get started with the process, you should make sure that you’re using the latest version of Chrome.
Add Thumbnails to Google Chrome Homepage – Method 1
Open Up Google Chrome Browser on Your PC
At first, you need to open Google Chrome. You can either do that by double-clicking the Chrome icon on your desktop. Or you could navigate to the Start Menu and type Chrome and then click on the Chrome icon. (If you’re using Mac OS, you need to use the application folder)
If the browser doesn’t show you a new tab, then you’ll have to enable it by typing chrome://flags in the browser’s address bar. Then press the enter button.
Go to the search option and type “use-google-local-NTP” and check the enabled option. After that restart the browser.
Navigate to a New Tab on Chrome
In case your Chrome browser is set to go to a specific web page on start by default, then you’ll have to open a new tab. Click on the “+” button near your current tab or click on “Ctrl” + “t” (“Command” + “t” on mac) to open a new tab.
Remove the Previous Thumbnails
Before you can add new thumbnails/shortcuts to the homepage, you must first remove the thumbnails that have been automatically set by Chrome. In order to do that, you should hover your mouse cursor over the shortcuts, and then you’ll see a three-dot menu option. Click on that and then choose the “Remove” option.
Remember, Chrome gives you the option to choose 10 different thumbnails at max, so deleting some old thumbnails is necessary.
Add a New Shortcut
After that, click on the button that says “+Add shortcut”. It will cause a dialog box to pop up that has two input fields in it. The first one takes the name of the thumbnail as input. And the second one takes the URL of the website that you’re trying to add as a shortcut.
Input the Necessary Information
Put the name and address of your favorite website in the text boxes and then click on the “Done” button. And your job is done. From now on whenever you open a new tab on Chrome, your list of thumbnails will contain the newly added thumbnail.
Add Thumbnails to Google Chrome Homepage – Method 2
Hey, did you know that you can actually take advantage of the Chrome browser’s automatic thumbnail functionality to add a site that you want as a shortcut? Here’s how you can do that:
- Open Up the Browser
Just follow the instructions we have previously provided to open the browser on your computer. Once you’ve launched Chrome, you need to go to a new tab.
- Clear Cache, Cookies, and Browser History
Now, click “Ctrl” + “Shift” + “Del” while you have Chrome open. This will take you to the settings page where you’ll see the “clear data” button. Click on it after checking all types of previous browser history. This will erase all traces of your browser’s cached data.
- Restart the Browser
In order for this process to work effectively, you need to close your current instance of the browser and then reopen it. After that navigate to a new tab by clicking “Ctrl” + “t”.
- Enter the Site
Go to the address bar of the browser tab and then paste the link to the site that you’re trying to add as a thumbnail. For example, https://facebook.com. After that, press the “enter button”.
- Restart the Browser
And that’s all you have to do! Chrome will have automatically added the website’s address as a new thumbnail for the homepage as soon as you entered the site. Now just close the browser and restart it again. You’ll see the site as a new thumbnail.
Going to the address bar and typing the URL to the site you’re trying to access or going to google and searching the site by keyword is a bit of hassle, don’t you agree?
Having all of the necessary sites and links right on the homepage will make sure all of those sites are just one click away. That’s why the thumbnail feature of Chrome is so important.
Hopefully, our guide about how to add thumbnails to Google Chrome homepage has helped you understand the process of adding your own thumbnail/shortcut to Chrome.