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Disable the New Tab Page in Google Chrome

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Google Chrome displays a special page that includes nine thumbnails for the most frequently visited pages, a list of recent bookmarks and recently closed pages. The feature can’t be disabled from the interface and you can’t remove the thumbnails you don’t like.

The recent builds of Google Chrome include support for user scripts and it’s not very difficult to write a script that hides all the content from the new tab page.

If you use Google Chrome 2 Betathe developer version or a recent Chromium build, you can easily enable the user scripts support by following the instructions from this page: find or create a shortcut for Chrome’s executable, right-click on the shortcut, select “Properties” and append to the value from the Target field –enable-user-scripts (include a space before the flag). Create a directory named User Scripts in one of these locations and save this user script in the directory. You may need to restart Google Chrome if it’s already running.

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Another useful user script for Google Chrome is AdSweep, a basic version of AdBlock Plus without user interface and subscriptions. “AdSweep is a small addon that aims to hide advertising from the web pages you visit like Adblock. In technical terms, AdSweep is a user javascript that defines CSS rules based on the web site you are visiting to hide elements of the page that show advertisements.” If you are familiar with JavaScript, you can edit the script and add or remove some patterns.


Written by James Lam

April 7, 2009 at 2:13 am

Posted in Customize, Software

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  1. I like my Firefox new tab king extension for giving the most used websites


    April 7, 2009 at 8:28 am

  2. oops… I like my Firefox new tab king extension for giving the most used websites


    April 7, 2009 at 8:29 am

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