Hi, I'm Paul Finn

I'm a full stack web developer with a preference for Python. I also enjoy discussions on entrepreneurship and software marketing.

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Hide Recently Visited Sites In Chrome's New Tab

As of Feb 2014 this no longer works, the ability to toggle this functionality is no longer available in Chrome. If you have a workaround, please let me know and I'll gladly update this post!

Google Chrome had updated itself and this morning I found out that the "New Tab" window shows thumbnails of your most recently visited sites.

I don't really like the concept as I appreciate the "blank slate" that comes with new tab window

Here's how to turn it off: In Chrome, enter the following URL


Do a CTRL+F, look for the instant extended api option in the list of Chrome settings.

Set that to Disabled and then IMPORTANT: Click the Relaunch Now button that appears in the bottom of the browser

There you have it: you should see the older, more familiar New Tab screen. If you still see your most visited sites as thumbnails, click the "Apps" button on the bottom of the New Tab page and get a simple display of Google Apps.

I hope this was helpful. If you have comments or feedback, please email me at pvfinn at gmail.com. Thanks!

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