The option to re-enable the old-look New Tab Page in Google Chrome was removed in the most recent update to the stable channel.
As of Chrome 33, a redesigned landing page, which features smaller thumbnails, no apps list and a larger Google Search box, is the de-facto default; the setting that previously allowed the change to be reverted has been retired.
But not everyone appreciates the new changes, or the decision to remove the option to turn it off.
Our concise overview of how to disable the ‘Instant Extended API’ that powers it has been one of our most popular articles.
But with that method no longer available you may be looking for a new solution – and the good news is that there are plenty of them.
Alternative New Tab Pages for Chrome
Before we look at how to workaround the removal of the previous workaround I would suggest that everyone gives the revamped New Tab layout a whirl. It may shove a stick in the spokes of your old workflow, but the addition of the search box makes getting where you want to go a little easier.
If, after trying it for a while, you really can’t get on with it then don’t fret: you do have choices.
We’ve highlighted a number of different customisable New Tab Pages over the years. From the simplicity of Currently and minimalism of Momentum to the extensibility of the iGoogle-inspired iChrome.
Other pages, like go.infinise or the Chrome Apps page, can also be set to open in a ‘new tab‘ using the ‘New Tab Redirect‘ add-on:
Even Google themselves have advised anyone miffed about the removable to ‘check the Chrome Web Store’ for other options.
So while the above solutions are not as ideal as a built-in setting, they are, barring any sudden about-turn by Chrome developers, the best solution available.
Do you have a favourite tab extension or homepage? Let us know in the comments below.