How to disable search on the ‘New tab’ page in Google Chrome

Certain versions of Google Chrome for Windows as well as Android have recently rolled out an updated "New tab" page which has a prominent Google Search box on the page. Google claims they made this change because users were not discovering that they could search from the address bar and still used to go to Google.com to search.

However, if you are not happy with the "Search" text box above the thumbnails of the most visited sites,  you might want to disable it. The good old "New tab" feature had some really useful features like recently closed tabs including tabs from other devices. If you are interested in getting those features back, here are simple instructions on how to disable Search on the 'New tab' page in Google Chrome.

  1. Type the following in Google Chrome's address bar:
    chrome://flags

    chrome flagsPress Enter.

  2. Look for the setting called "Enable Instant Extended API" item. You can press Ctrl+F and search for the setting so you don't have to locate it manually.Enable Instant Extended API
  3. Set it to "Disabled".Disable Instant Extended API

That's it. Restart your Google Chrome browser for the changes to take effect. Your 'New tab' page in Google Chrome will change from the following:
Search On New Tab
to this:
Old Chrome New Tab
Update: Google removed this setting in newer Chrome versions. As a workaround, you can download the Chrome Extension called New Tab Redirect!

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer from Russia who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

11 thoughts on “How to disable search on the ‘New tab’ page in Google Chrome”

  1. Вот спасибо. А то что то “хром” “разросся”, что куда не глянь то панель “хрома” то быстрый вызов web-кнопок

  2. This showed up again and now this solution is not working. does anyone know how to fix this? Cant find Enable Instant Extended API.

  3. I was able to get rid of the tabs in google, but the only reason I did that was beacause I got a new theme.. I see my theme where my booksmark bar is but otherwise I have a blank white page….What did I do? And how can I see my cool new theme?

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