BoraMurdar

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Update: As of Chrome 33, this workaround does not work. However, you may use New Tab Reloaded extension as an alternative.
http://www.omgchrome.com/google-removes-new-tab-page-flag/
http://www.omgchrome.com/new-tab-redirect-closest-youll-get-chromes-old-tab-page/


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.



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.
And there you have it – the new tab page the way it used to look
 
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Morro

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Thank you so much for this BoraMurdar, i really did not like what they hat done. And now i have Chrome's "New Tab" back to how i like it. :)
 

Spawn

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Thanks, just found about this 'OMG Chrome!'
http://www.omgchrome.com/get-back-old-chrome-new-tab-page/

You can copy and paste the code below to skip the finding part.

Code:
chrome://flags/#enable-instant-extended-api
 

Littlebits

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I find the New Tab Page more easier and like it, but I can understand why a lot of users want the old back. It's good to have options if I decide to change.

Thanks. :D
 

Spawn

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Chrome v30.x and higher also runs a hidden NTP called "Instant: New Tab", this can be seen from Chrome's Task Manager (Shift+Esc)

1. To remove this, go to chrome://flags and Set to Disable for

Code:
chrome://flags/#enable-instant-extended-api
chrome://flags/#enable-local-first-load-ntp
2. Restart Chrome to see the changes.

Example of "Instant: New Tab" running although there's no visible tab in Chrome. After the changes it should no longer appear.



Enjoy! :D
 

Koroke San

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Chrome v30.x and higher also runs a hidden NTP called "Instant: New Tab", this can be seen from Chrome's Task Manager (Shift+Esc)

1. To remove this, go to chrome://flags and Set to Disable for

Code:
chrome://flags/#enable-instant-extended-api
chrome://flags/#enable-local-first-load-ntp
2. Restart Chrome to see the changes.

Example of "Instant: New Tab" running although there's no visible tab in Chrome. After the changes it should no longer appear.



Enjoy! :D
Didn't work for my chrome version Version 34.0.1825.4
 
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Spawn

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Update: 'New Tab Reloaded' extension for Chrome.
http://www.omgchrome.com/new-tab-redirect-closest-youll-get-chromes-old-tab-page/
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/new-tab-reloaded/jliilhbdldnjbdbpajaakhpjpahnopbn

It’s not an exact replica, cautions the developer. This is down to “limitations [of] Google’s new design” . For example, a list of your recently closed pages, pages open on other devices, and quick access to Google ‘sign in’ are not supported.

All of that aside, it’s a faithful recreation of the speed dial.

New Tab Reloaded is a free add-on for Chrome with minimal permission requirements.