#1 By: Akemi Iwaya, September 30th, 2013 13:25
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/173086/restore-the-classic-apps-based-new-tab-page-in-google-chrome/
A recent update to Google Chrome resulted in a completely revamped version of the new tab page, one that has not went over well with many people. If you want to get the ‘classic’ apps-based new tab page back, then Vishal Gupta from the Tweaking with Vishal blog came up with a quick and simple way to do it.
#2 By: Dang Ho, September 30th, 2013 13:56
Wow! Thank you!
This is amazing, I hated the new update for various reasons. The most important reason was that I didn't know how to reopen recently closed tabs. Well I could manually open them one by one, but if I needed to open like 10 or so of them because of some faulty shut down it had to be done manually for each of them.
#3 By: Piston, September 30th, 2013 14:55
Brilliant. I've changed it back. I wouldn't mind the new style if they hadn't removed the "Recently Closed Tabs" thing from the bottom. Everything else was great. My browser felt so fast and slick after the update but any benefit was ruined when I closed a tab by mistake. A great update ruined by stupidly taking away a feature used by so many.
#4 By: Xhi, September 30th, 2013 15:47
The Recent tabs were simply moved to the tools dropdown.where there is a much wider encompassing list. You do not even have to go to new tab to get to them you can get them from any tab this way.
Personally I like new and improved stuff and take the small amount of time and energy to learn them. Once learned they are normally quite enjoyable.
Don't be so lazy, folks.
#5 By: Dang Ho, September 30th, 2013 16:28
Yes and when you click it you can't:
Which means open my last set of 10 tabs I just closed.
For some reason it kept showing me a 10 days old history. It's not that I'm super lazy it's that they changed it for me.
#6 By: Xhi, September 30th, 2013 18:08
The alternative, of course, is to write your own browser where you can put the things in it that you like.
#7 By: Piston, September 30th, 2013 18:31
Didn't know it had just been moved. At least it's not as bad as it was but it's still far more inconveniently located and was moved just for the sake of it. It was perfectly fine where it was and it's not exactly practical to build a browser to my taste. Anyway that last update would have been a brilliant success had they not just decided to move things about on a whim to a worse location than before.
#8 By: Michael Tunnell, September 30th, 2013 19:34
or just use Firefox since there are addons for everything and it is much easier to customize Firefox than Chrome.
#9 By: Akemi Iwaya, September 30th, 2013 20:19
For me, I only have one portable instance of Chrome left across all my systems, so when they made the changes to the new tab page I was 'less than pleased'...
If I open a new tab, all I want/need is the apps part to display for the minor usage I keep that portable instance around for. So this work-around is perfect for me. ^_^
#10 By: Emm_Bee, September 30th, 2013 21:05
Thank you so much! I've been searching for the past few days on how to change it back. The new blank tab page sucks. Thanks. You are are life savers!
#11 By: Naman Sood, October 1st, 2013 06:09
You know, if I ever find out how the new tab page knows your last visited pages, I'll take the code and make my own new tab page.
#12 By: T B, October 1st, 2013 11:11
hi all i'm using chrome beta Version 30.0.1599.66 beta-m and for some reason on windows 8 pro i havenever ever had this version of instant extended api? i went and looked at it in the chrome://flags/#enable-instant-extended-api and it just says default?. so dose windows 8 not support chrome like this or something is this why i have never had it?
#13 By: Dang Ho, October 1st, 2013 13:54
I am using 29.0.1547.76 m, and well I don't know what you mean. For me it was set on default until I decided I didn't like the new new tab page. Then I disabled it.
Can you tell me why you think your windows doesn't support chrome?
#14 By: Nj Makunura, October 1st, 2013 16:50
it changed for me when i was at school accessing my chrome, but at home it is still the 'old' layout. does anyone know why?
#15 By: ., October 1st, 2013 18:57
i try to like google, i really do. but they suck.
#16 By: Xhi, October 1st, 2013 19:35
I try to like people who talk like that, but it's hard.
It seems to be a little random. My seven computers took about 3 days for all to catch up. Some of it may be because I do not restart Chrome very often.
#17 By: Nj Makunura, October 1st, 2013 23:49
When you say 'restart', do you mean to close chrome and then re-open it?
Is this 'new tab' thing part of an updated version of chrome, as chrome tends to update itself?
#18 By: Xhi, October 2nd, 2013 00:15
Yes.... My Chrome browser is always open if the computer is up.
#19 By: Dang Ho, October 2nd, 2013 05:00
Maybe your chrome at home just didn't update yet. A day or so before (after the automatic update), I was checking which version of chrome I was using. That was after chrome was open for a while and when I checked it decided to check for updates. It then started to update again.
I'm not sure how frequently or when chrome decides to update.
#20 By: Rusty Harris, October 2nd, 2013 16:25
The TINY shortcuts I didn't care for, being older and not being able to see as well LOL.
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