Earlier this week we explained how to revert back to the old ‘New Tab’ page layout if you don’t like the new tab layout changes in Chrome 15 – this will let you pin websites to the ‘Most Visited’ list again.
But some readers still aren’t satisfied and want a new tab that is just a blank page.
New Chrome users who have recently switched from Firefox or IE often miss how a new tab in their previous browser just opened up a blank new tab – it was called ‘about:blank’ for obvious reasons. Such people don’t want Google’s list of most visited websites to show up – at all.
Others think that the list of your most visited sites is a privacy risk and don’t want it displayed in full view of passersby so everyone can see what you have been up to – especially in the workplace!
Fortunately there is an extension that can force Google Chrome to open a blank new tab, just like Firefox and IE:
Blank New Tab Extension
‘Blank New Tab’ does exactly what it says on the tin – it simply makes any new tabs that you open blank. A bonus is that it automatically positions the focus (mouse cursor) in the address bar/omnibox so it is ready for you to start typing a website name or search.
Install the extension from the Chrome Web Store here. There is no configuration or setting of options required but, from now on, whenever you open a new tab, you will get just a blank new tab instead of your most visited sites.
Note that the tab heading will be ‘chrome://newtab’ which is the Chrome equivalent of ‘about:blank’ in other browsers like Firefox and IE.
The new extension does a simple job well and provides an easier transition for people switching to Chrome from other browsers. It is unfortunate that an extension is required to add back this functionality – many believe it should be either the default behavior or at least provided as a menu option.