Switch Back To Chrome's Old 'New Tab' Page With A Quick Tweak

Switch Back to Chrome's Old

Google recently updated Chrome with a new "new tab" page that shows all your most visited pages every time you open a new tab, and needless to say not everyone's excited to see their most viewed sites every time they open a tab. Thankfully, Computerworld shows you how to switch it back.

It's not just the obnoxious most visited pages tab that's annoying in the new "new tab" page. It's also a redundant search bar and the fact "recent tabs" are hidden away. You can switch back to the old view easily though:

  1. Type chrome://flags into the address bar.
  2. Search for the option labelled "Enable Instant Extended API".
  3. Change it from "Default" to "Disabled".
  4. Restart Chrome.

That should fix the problem and get you back to the old Chrome "new tab" page.

How to switch back to Chrome's old 'New Tab' page [Computerworld]


    Worse, the new tab proves google ignores your privacy. Clearing your entire browser history still leaves the most visited pages untouched. Lame.

    The description of that flag suggests disabling it removes other useful functionality too:
    Enables the Instant Extended API which provides a deeper integration with your default search provider, including a renovated New Tab Page, extracting search query terms in the omnibox, a spruced-up omnibox drop-down and Instant previews of search results as you type in the omnibox

    Last edited 27/09/13 10:07 am

    If they could get rid of the disappearing tabs in their ipad app I'd be happy... Worst decision ever IMO. I absolutely hate that feature (says he, as he types via safari)

    Thanks a lot for the tips.. So glad i found your post.

    Thank you! I was about to go buy an imac in protest! Why can't google man up to posting a solution to "stupid improvements?"

    the tip is no longer useful. the chrome keep changing for the worst.how can i get my old chrome?is there any other way?i like the customized background of the old chrome.

    You saved my life, thanks!

    The problem is that the ability to revert to the old new tab page is likely to be removed soon. You really should consider a new tab replacement extension like StartHQ as a long term solution: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/starthq/ilcpdgfepihaomggobhmfiimflngbcoh

    A bit more info here: http://www.arcticstartup.com/2013/09/30/starthq-capitalizes-on-googles-change-of-the-new-tab-page

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