How to disable New Tab Page in Google Chrome

New Tab page - Google Chrome 15 Beta

In the latest Google Chrome release, and also for a while if you have been using Google Chrome beta, you may have noticed the New Tab Page that supposedly was designed to make it easier for users to manage their apps, bookmarks, and the most visited website (personally I like it), but it seems that not every user is thrilled about it.

In a previous article I showed you how to get around (or remove) this New Tab Page using Google Chrome extensions, but now there is a simpler way to do this and it doesn’t require the use of extensions.

Note: This method will not work for people currently using Google Chrome 17 Developer release, which also tell us that this could just be a temporary fix, but things could change in the future.

So, for those users that want to switch back to the old Tab Page, here is how to disable New Tab Page:

This is pretty simple, what you have to do is to append a switch to the web browser when starts. 

1. Terminate any open instance of Google Chrome, right-click the icon you use to open the web browser, select Properties.

2. From the Shortcut tab, in the Target section, at the end of the line append the following line. 


Disable New Tab Page - Google Chrome

Remember to leave a space between the line is already there and the new switch.

3. Then click Apply and OK to save the changes. 

Now is time to test it, just re-launch Google Chrome and an empty tab page should open.

If for any reason this stop working, you should use an extension to disable New Tab Page, as I mentioned at the beginning of this article . 

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].