New Chrome “New Tab” Page


Google Chrome has just updated. As some people are having difficulty using the omni-search / address bar, they have added a humongous Google search box in the middle of the page.

If, like me, you don’t like it, here is the ‘fix’ to revert the behavior:

1. Go to chrome://flags
2. Find:
Enable Instant Extended API Mac, Windows, Chrome OS
Enables the Instant Extended API which provides a deeper integration with your default search provider, including a renovated New Tab Page, extracting search query terms in the omnibox, a spruced-up omnibox dropdown and Instant previews of search results as you type in the omnibox.
3. Set it to ‘Disabled’.

You’ll sacrifice the other features along with the updated New Tab Page, but I think it is worth it to not be punished because some users can’t figure out how to use the omnibar. 

Stephen O'Donnell is a lifelong recruiter, internet enthusiast, fadgadget and peripatetic writer.

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