How to Remove Shortcuts (Browsing history) from Google Chrome New Tab page

Have you ever wondered how to remove the shortcuts on the Google Chrome New tab page? If you search through Google or frequently visit the same website, Google Chrome will create thumbnails on the new tab page based on your browsing history.

Shortcuts on the new tab page of Google Chrome can be removed by emptying the Google Chrome browser history, resetting the Chrome browser or manually removing the shortcuts from the home page.

In this article, I will explain how to remove the shortcuts from the Google Chrome new tab page.

Remove Shortcuts (Browsing history) from Google Chrome

Clear browsing data

Obviously, the most simple way to clear the browsing history on the Google Chrome new tab page is to clear browsing history. Clearing the browser history does clear recent visited website and search queries, but it does not clear shortcuts created by the user itself.

Open Google Chrome. In the right top corner click on the dots, open the menu and go to More Tools > Clear browsing data.

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In the Google Chrome clear browsing data settings, select “Browsing history”. Click on Clear data and restart Google Chrome.

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The recent browsing history is now removed from the Google Chrome new tab start page.

Remove Shortcuts from Google Chrome new tab

When you or someone else has created shortcuts on Google Chrome new tab page, you need to manually delete them. This is how to manually remove shortcuts from the Chrome new tab page.

Hover with the mouse pointer over the Chrome shortcut, make sure to leave it there for a second. After a second, three dots appear in the top right corner of the shortcut called “Edit shortcut”.

Click on edit shortcut.

remove shortcut chrome new tab page

a new window appears that allows you to remove the shortcut from the Chrome new tab page.

delete shortcut chrome new tab

This is how to delete shortcut’s from the Google Chrome new tab page.

Reset browser to clear Google Chrome new tab page

Sometimes it’s best to fully reset the Google Chrome browser to get rid of unwanted settings, errors and shortcuts on the new page. This is how to reset Chrome.

Open Google Chrome. In the right top corner click on the dots, open the menu and go to Settings.

Google Chrome settings

Scroll down to Advanced settings. Scroll down again to the end of the settings. Click on “Restore settings to their original defaults” and Confirm.

restore google chrome new tab page reset

Restart Google Chrome.

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