Your Chrome browser may have plenty of great features, but one look at the Home screen is enough to make you let out a deep unhappy sigh. Keep using the browser everyday and you’ll soon be wishing for something more exciting to try. Now, there just might be some hope for anyone who is bored to death with the Chrome browser.
It comes in the form of a Chrome extension called Leoh. Leoh for Chrome turns the drab looking home page into a stunning screen (think Bing!) that also provides a bunch of handy features to go with that great look. Let’s dig in and learn more about what Leoh for Chrome can do for you.
How Leoh Extension Makes You Fall in Love with Chrome All Over Again
As with all Chrome extensions, you can download Leoh for Chrome for free from the Chrome Web Store. Once installed, just click the new tab button on your Chrome browser to start enjoying a whole new Chrome. This new Chrome tab page displays a Welcome screen introducing the various features of the extension.
Once you get that out of the way, you have a beautiful tab screen displaying scenic shots from around the world. In the center of the screen is a big clock displaying the time. At the top left, you have the Quick Links icon, Most Visited icon, and Google Search button. To the far right is the weather icon displaying the temperature in your locality.
At the bottom left of the screen is the Gear icon holding all the customization options and settings. Next to it, you will find the location of the scenic view displayed in the background. At the bottom right of the screen are three more icons; the note taker, the news, and the to-do list.
Customizing Your Chrome New Tab Page with Leoh
The quickest way to customize Leoh for your working needs, is to hit the Gear icon at the bottom right of the screen. This will display the Options & Settings dialog where you can select a theme, enter a task for a day, hide or display the screen icons, set a screen background, customize the Quick Links options, tweak the weather location settings, set the clock display options, and add social icons.
In my use of Leoh, I found it a lot easier to access all my favorite links, bookmarks, and history from the Quick Links section. In fact, it rendered the Chrome Customization menu absolutely useless.
I loved how easily and intuitively I could take notes and create to-do lists. Both the notes taker and to do lists are simple tools that can help you quickly take down important stuff. The to-do icon displays a red notification bubble just above it indicating incomplete tasks, but there are no timers, alerts, customization options and such for power users.
I did not care much for the News icon because I have specific websites that I regularly browse for my daily dose of world happenings. All the icons of the screen can be hidden from view though, but they are not distracting and are so very useful that you just may not use the (Hide) option after all.
One other useful feature of Leoh that might be music to your ears is that it syncs with your Google account, so you can sign in to another computer and still access all your bookmarks, quick links, notes, to-dos in your customized settings.
Quick Check: Feature List
Before I wind down this post, here is a quick list of all the fantastic things you can do with Leoh on your Chrome New Tab page.
- Sync your data across computers
- Create To-do lists
- Add custom background images / colors
- Create and use custom image albums as backgrounds
- Set a goal for the day and have it show up on your screen so you can stay focused on it
- Enjoy a clean design and stunning photographic scenery on your new Chrome tab page
- Easily access your Chrome apps, bookmarks and history
- Effortlessly change themes
- Get a 5 day weather forecast without moving away from your screen
- Take notes
- Quickly find the top 5 news stories of the day
- View your most visited websites at the tap of a button
- Customize the tool to work the way you want it to!
If you hate the old, boring, stale, look of your Chrome browser, Leoh extension will change all that for you! With just a few simple tweaks, the developer has transformed the Chrome New Tab page into something you’ll just love using everyday! While there may be users who want more, the simplicity of getting things done in Leoh is what makes it such a delight to use. Thanks to Leoh, my Firefox days are pretty much done!