The choice of what you see when you open a new tab is an important one. You may want to see a favorite page, your email or a search page when you open a new tab.
You can make more of your new tab page with Momentum, a free Google Chrome extension. When you download Momentum to your Google Chrome browser, you are greeted with information and inspiration. In fact, with Momentum you may look forward to opening new tabs.
Momentum is an extension with features that can give you inspiration, relaxation and efficiency. I know, that seems like a lot for one extension, but Momentum delivers plenty with each new tab.
Inspiration and Relaxation
When you open a new tab, Momentum greets you with an inspirational quote and stunning photo of an exotic land. For an instant you will be visually transported to a destination that will give you a welcome respite to your day.
According to the developer, “The backgrounds and quotes that we’ve curated aim to create a feeling of openness, expansion, inspiration and challenge.”
At 5 am daily, Momentum changes its photo and inspirational quote to give you a new perspective for the day. You can see the location where the photo was taken in the lower left corner of the screen.
— Yann ilunga 🎙 (@TheYannilunga) June 17, 2017
In addition to giving you inspiration, Momentum can make you more efficient. This tool is informational, giving you the local time and weather conditions. Double-click the name of the place to change it to your preferred location for weather. Double-click the temperature to change between Celsius and Fahrenheit.
It also greets you by name, in case you’re wondering who you are at the moment…
If you are goal-oriented, you’ll like the ToDo list feature of Momentum that helps you keep track of your tasks. Check them off when they’re completed to give you a sense of satisfaction.
Momentum asks you what your focus is for the day. You can type it in to get a reminder each time you open a new tab. A checkbox appears by your focus and you can check it off when you’ve achieved it.
Momentum also has a Links section in the upper left corner so you can easily access your favorite pages. Bookmark your favorites by clicking “Links” then clicking the Plus + button. Add the title of the website and its address to save the page to the Links section.
The search feature lets you conduct an Internet search from within Momentum. Click on the magnifying glass icon, then type in your search term and hit the Enter key. A page will open with the Google search results.
Getting Started with Momentum
To start using Momentum, download the extension from the Google Chrome Store: Momentum Extension in Google Chrome Store.
=> To use Momentum, be sure you are using the Chrome browser.
After you download Momentum, you should take a few minutes to customize it to make it work best for you. Click the gear icon in the lower left corner of your screen to adjust the settings and what you want to see. You can also use settings to choose your search provider (Google or Bing), 12 or 24 hour clock, see past quotes and images, and more.
You can also adjust the settings to hide features if you don’t want to see them.
The first time you use Momentum, it will ask you for your name. Type in your name to be greeted personally every time you open a new tab. You can change your name on Momentum later by double-clicking on your name and typing in a new name.
You can set up an account with Momentum to sync your settings to other computers. This page at the Momentum website will walk you through setting up an account, if you’d like some extra guidance: How to Create a Momentum Account.
You can also use Momentum without setting up an account, but your settings won’t sync to other computers.
Momentum is free for most features.
If you enjoy using Momentum and want to unlock advanced features, a paid Momentum Plus option is available. With prices ranging from $2.95 per month to $4.95 per month, Momentum Plus gives you access to features such as a countdown to deadlines, saving favorite photos and quotes, integrating with third-party ToDo list services, customizing colors and fonts, adding your own photos and quotes, and more.
You can find out more about Momentum Plus at the Momentum website.
Have you tried Momentum? Which of Momentum’s features are most appealing to you? If you don’t use Momentum, what do you see when you open a new tab?
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