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Change is not always a good thing and while I’m not anti-change at all, I only welcome it if it makes sense or aids me in a way or another. I have talked about that previously in regards to Firefox and also Windows 8, and it appears to me that companies seem more inclined to change things – even long standing features like the start menu – in their products than they were ten or so years ago.
Google is a company that tweaks its products a lot. No matter where you look, search, Google+, YouTube, you will find many changes and loads of A-B tests.
The Chrome browser has seen its fair share of changes as well, be it through the use of field trials which are tests run on live versions of the browser, things that freaked me out like the missing search field or the white context menu that Google implemented for touch devices but enabled for all.
The new tab page in the browser is another case where a change may not be in the best interest of users.
It displays four popular tabs instead of eight that were listed on the previous version of the page. Apps and bookmarks are still listed on it, but the option to restore tabs or a window is no longer included. It appears that you need to open the History now to restore tabs or pages that you closed in the browser.
There is however an easy way to restore the old tab page in Chrome:
- Type chrome://flags into the browser’s address bar and hit the enter key on the keyboard.
- Tap on F3 to open the on page find box and paste Enable Instant extended API in to the box.
- The only search result highlights that the feature is enabled by default.
- To disable it, switch the menu to disabled.
- Click on the relaunch button that appears once you do so.
When you open a new tab page now in Chrome you are greeted by the old tab page again in the web browser.