How to turn off Google Chrome’s “Most Visited Sites” Thumbnails

Looking for a way to get rid of those most visited thumbnails on Google Chrome’s new tab page (NTP)? This article will help you do just that.

After using Chrome for a while, one of my friends told me, ” I don’t like Google Chrome  because it shows off the websites that I usually visit to anyone who opens the browser.” and then he stopped using Google Chrome. Are you in the same situation, do you want to disable that menu of most visited websites that come up every time you open the browser ? Here is how to do it.


How to to turn off the “Most Visited Sites” On NTP

1. Go to Options
2. Click on Basics Tab
3. Now, next to ” Homepage”, select “Open This Page”.
4. You can put in or some other website that you like.  Or, if you want a blank screen, put  about:blank
5. Done !!

Wasn’t that easy?

More Ways and Redesigns

There is one more way to do it. You can install an extension that will show something different and useful for you on the new tab page. You can even have some fancy animated stuff on the new tab page.

I have collected the most popular extensions for new tab page replacement here: Top 7 New Tab Page Replacements for Chrome and Chromebooks. These extensions help you mod your new tab page to something different than the most visited websites that you are getting now.

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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

Show 15 Comments
  • yawn 11/03/2009, 4:02 pm

    This only works when opening a new window. The list of most visited websites still comes up when opening a new tab.

    • chrome story 11/03/2009, 5:25 pm

      thanks for the info .. I will check that once again 🙂

  • Chaz4 18/03/2009, 12:51 pm

    There appears to be no way to change the content of the New Tab Page! You can have it appear as the home page, but not change its content.

    This should be ridiculously easy for Google to fix.

    • chrome story 20/03/2009, 2:51 am

      there is a new workaround for this … I will post it now 🙂

      • tdilla 22/03/2009, 7:20 pm

        there is a new workaround for this … I will post it now

        And? This really should be easy to fix. My girlfriend already nailed me for Pr0n, thanks.

        • chrome story 31/05/2009, 11:55 pm

          I’ve already posted that !

          • GOOZOG 12/09/2010, 8:11 pm

            To ‘chrome story’.
            You say “I’ve already posted that!” but where did you post it so we the people can use it????

  • motley blogger 31/05/2009, 2:57 pm

    “Howz that?” Thatz stupid. It does not work and never will work to set your home page as a solution for getting rid of speed dial.

    • chrome story 31/05/2009, 11:54 pm

      they are implementing more features correcting this, I have posted a few

  • loose 07/12/2009, 3:28 pm

    It is totally unsuited for the many shared computers. Ordinary Google also allows individual items of history to be deleted- not this ridiculous all or nothing.

  • peace 10/01/2010, 4:20 am

    heres an easy fix, just fill up the page with your other websites that you visit, that you don’t mind other people seeing, and then make them permanent by clicking the little button at the left top side of the square, just hover you pointer over it for a while and theres a little bar that shows up, also on the right side theres a X just click that to get rid of the ones you don’t want.

    the button on the left makes them permanent so when all eight fill up there wont be new ones.

    this is actually a nice feature, but it be better if you could easily choose the ones that you want to put.

  • tmv 29/01/2010, 4:13 am

    there are three button icons in the top right corner when you open a new tab (in the window, below the address bar). to make is that chrome doesn’t automatically display your recent or most visited websites, click on button farthest right. you will see three options (most visited, recently closed, and restore…). click on each of them so there is no check mark next any of them. this won’t stop people from being able to check your sites (by clicking on the other two button icons), but it will stop chrome from automatically displaying them when a new tab is opened.

    Hope this helps

  • man x 17/11/2012, 6:24 pm

    just delete all your history by pressing the spanner top right,select history then edit and all history will be more most visited or any thing

  • Hammer 14/03/2015, 6:14 pm

    Doesn’t work dipshit

    • Matt Mattelig 15/12/2015, 5:48 am

      you don’t need to be vulgar. here the guy is trying to help and you call him names. SHAME on you!!. Tell your mom she needs to teach you some manners.