Here is a quick tip for users of the Google Chrome browser. In the latest version of the browser, Google changed the appearance of the page you get when you want to create a new tab. Now you get a lot of white space, a great big Google logo, and an unnecessary search bar. (See the graphic below.) A lot of people (including me) don’t like it. Fortunately, there is a quick way to bring back the way the new tab page previously looked.
- Enter "chrome://flags" (without quotes) in the address bar (or “omnibox” as Google terms it).
- In the page that opens, scroll down until you locate the entry "Enable Instant Extended API Mac, Windows, Chrome OS". (It’s a long list. You might want to use Ctrl+F and the Find box).
- In the little drop-down dialog at the bottom-left of the entry, click “Disabled”
- At the bottom-left of your window, there should be a button “Relaunch Now”. Click it. Otherwise, just close and restart the browser.
- If you want the new style back, click "Enabled" in step 3 above and restart the browser.
And there you have it – the new tab page the way it used to look.
This tip was suggested by a thread in the Freeware Forum started by editor J_L.
Update 21 February, 2014 - Google now seems to have made the change in the new tab page permanent. See this link.
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