How to Remove Thumbnails from Google Chrome New Tab homepage?

If you use Google Chrome then the default home page is a new tab. The default new tab in Google Chrome shows a collection of thumbnails that show you last visited web pages in an overview. Basically, this is an overview of your most visited web pages, also known as browsing history. However, some people do not want to see thumbnails of their last visited web pages in Google Chrome new tab.

Unfortunately, there is no solution available in Google Chrome itself that removes the thumbnails from the most visited web pages. However, there are three methods you can use to remove the thumbnails from Google Chrome.

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The first method is to remove the browsing history. This will remove the thumbnails, but they will be generated and displayed again later.

Open Google Chrome, click the three vertical dots (menu button) in the upper right corner, expand More Tools and click Clear Browsing history. You can also simultaneously press, CTRL + SHIFT + DEL on your keyboard.

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Set time range to all time, and check the “browsing history” check-box. If you want you can uncheck the “cookies and other site data”, and “cached images and files” check-box.

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The second way you can hide the new tab with thumbnails is by manually setting a start page. Google Chrome opens the new tab by default, if you change it to a start page like Google.com, the homepage thumbnails will no longer be displayed.

Open Google Chrome, click the three vertical dots (menu button) in the upper right corner, and open Settings. Scroll down to the “On start up” section and change “Open the New Tab page” to “Open a specific page or set of pages”.

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Enter a new homepage in Google Chrome, and voila the homepage thumbnails are replaced by a new homepage.

The last method to remove the new tab thumbnails page within Google Chrome is to use the New Tab redirect browser extension. This browser extension allows you to change the new tab page and redirect it to any web page you want. The extension is easy to set up and customizable, you can choose what to do with the new tab page.

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2 thoughts on “How to Remove Thumbnails from Google Chrome New Tab homepage?”

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    How can you remove the thumbnails on the home (opening) page on Google Chrome on an iPhone? Specifically trying to remove shortcuts to the gray out boxes for Bookmarks, History, et al. Was able to click and remove FB, YouTube, etc. can’t seem to get rid of these, tho.

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    Thank you. I have been annoyed by these thumbnails appearing for years! Manually setting the start page has worked.

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