Monday, September 30, 2013

How to Restore the Old Tab/App Page in Chrome

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.
  1. Enter "chrome://flags" (without quotes) in the address bar (or “omnibox” as Google terms it). 
  2. 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).
  3. In the little drop-down dialog at the bottom-left of the entry, click “Disabled”
  4. At the bottom-left of your window, there should be a button “Relaunch Now”. Click it. Otherwise, just close and restart the browser.
  5. If you want the new style back, click "Enabled" in step 3 above and restart the browser.

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