Google Chrome - How to restore the new tab page to its previous behaviour?

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Each time you open a new tab page on Google Chrome, 8 tiles representing your most viewed pages will be displayed. For some users this new feature represent a serious privacy issue as tiles can display the latest Facebook profile or Youtube videos viewed...etc

For now Google Chrome doesn't offer any option to disable the Most viewed tiles feature, but you can always delete the tiles you don't want to be displayed.
The procedure is as follows:
  • Open a New Tab page.
  • Mouse over the tile of your choice.
  • A small X button shall appear.

  • Click to remove tile.

To restore the "New Tab page" of Google Chrome to its previous behaviour, follow the below procedure:
  • Open Google Chrome.
  • Type the following in the address bar: chrome://flags/
  • Scroll to "Enable Instant Extented API".
  • Disable this feature.
  • Click on Relaunch.
  • The previous "New Tab" behaviour shall be restored.

  • If you accidentally close a tab on Google Chrome, press Control+Shift+T and it will get it back.
Jean-François Pillou

Jean-François Pillou - Founder of CCM
Better known as Jeff, Jean-François Pillou is the founder of He is also CEO of CCM Benchmark and digital director at the Figaro Group.

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