Just like any other redesign of Chrome’s new tab page (which they do quite often), the latest iteration of the NTP also has many people complaining about it. The new design puts Google doodles and the search box on the new tab page.
But there is a way to go back to the old one. At least for now.
Get the Old New Tab Page
- Type chrome://flags into your browser’s address bar.
- Search for the option labeled “Enable Instant Extended API.”
- Change it from “Default” to “Disabled.”
- Restart Chrome.
That will put you back to the old new tab page for now. You can stay peaceful as long as this flag is available. When it is gone, we should find another way to do this. I will update this post when that is available.
There is one more way to escape. There are extensions turning your NTP to a blank page to a feed reader. You can search for such extensions here in the Chrome Web Store.
I have collected my favorite new tab replacement extensions here: Top 7 New Tab Page Replacements for Chrome and Chromebooks. Take a pick!