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Blank New Tab Quick-Fix for Google Chrome

If you have other browsers that you use set to “about:blank” for new tabs then you probably feel rather frustrated with Google Chrome’s default New Tab Page. The Blank New Tab extension is the perfect solution to that problem.


Unless you have a “speed dial/special page” extension installed you are stuck with the default new tab page in Chrome every single time you open a new tab. What if you do not like the default new tab page or “speed dial/special page” setups?



If you are someone who prefers to have a blank page as a new tab then you will love this extension. Once you have it installed you can click to your heart’s content on the “New Tab Button” and see nothing but blank goodness. Sometimes less is more…

Note: There are no options to bother with.



If you prefer a blank page when opening a new tab then the Blank New Tab extension is just what you have been waiting for.


Download the Blank New Tab extension (Google Chrome Extensions)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 04/13/10

Comments (6)

  1. SquareWheel

    You can set about:blank to the homepage, but sadly it’s not possible to set about:blank to open in new tabs.

  2. David Levine

    Yet another thing that should really be a default option in Chrome. I love Chrome and use it as my default browser, but it’s a shame that people have to install extensions to obtain functionality that is standard in other browsers.

  3. Mark

    You can just uncheck what you want visible in the new tap from the drop down list. You can see it in the screen shot under other bookmarks

  4. John Dounut

    Stupid Google. Getting to be just like everyone else, and by ‘everyone else’ I mean Micro$oft. “We think you’ll like our new crappy Google Default Tab. We don’t care anything about you, because we are rich, you are not.” And make us install a stupid extra thing.

    When will someone release something which give the user the option for things, instead of making them have stupid things, and go out of their way to fix the stupid thing?

    I also reiterate this for the stupid Google fade-in as well.

  5. Howard

    This extension does as advertised for new tabs. But what about the first screen when you open Chrome? It still says “about:blank” and the frustrating part is that it is not selected by default — when you start typing a url it should overwrite “about:blank”, but it doesn’t. Why can’t this extension help with that?

  6. ester

    Ciao a me appare … about:blank….. quando voglio aprire un allegato che mi viene spedito in e.mail come mai?

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