A change in Chrome 61 has caused the address bar's contents to become unhighlighted when opening a new tab. This causes frustration because you can't just type a search when opening a new tab.
This is currently under discussion in the Chrome bug tracker, e.g.
I am continuing to watch the issue and also looking for a workaround.
Apologies for the inconvenience.
This extension is NOT compatible with Chromebooks. In ChromeOS, apps are accessed via the Launcher and not via the Chrome Apps page. The Chrome Apps page is blank within Chrome, therefore installing this extension will give you a blank new tab page.
Since Chrome 33, many people have expressed the desire to have their Apps page automatically open upon creating a new tab. This extension does just that.
Unfortunately the Apps page is not quite as nice as the old pre-Chrome 33 New Tab page, but it's still an improvement :)
Based on user feedback (thanks Ben!), I've added a new feature to this extension. In the previous version, if Chrome crashed it would display a "Restore" button upon restarting. Clicking this button would load all the tabs you had open just before the crash.
The problem with this extension was that it would detect a new tab opening, and then load the Apps page, hence removing the "Restore" button. Your tabs would be lost forever!
The new behaviour in this version is: the extension will detect if a crash occurred and will automatically reload your previous tabs.
Please let me know if this causes any issues using the feedback details below.
.. is most welcomed. Send feedback via the Chrome Web Store, or open an issue on this project's GitHub page at: https://github.com/originalmind/newtab/issues
NOTE ON THE SCREENSHOT
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* Handle browser crash - automatically restore tabs from crashed session
* Removed console logging
* Updated app icon
* Add short_name to manifest
* Improved load speed of Apps page
* Restricted extension to Chrome 33 and later
* Reduced required permissions - now requires only tabs and storage (for options)
* Fixed issue in Chrome 34 which caused address bar text to be unselected.
* When opening new tab, address bar now remains focused so you can commence typing immediately.
* Initial release