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Does Google Chrome has anything similar to about:blank page in IE and Firefox? I did not find any suitable page mentioning this? PS: I tried about:blank but it looked like Chrome is trying to load something before showing blank page...

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Not possible without an extension. Get this one:

Empty New Tab Page

This extension will load a totally blank new tab and remove the about:blank from the location bar. Works great!

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I installed it and it works fine. – jhamu Jul 5 '13 at 12:16
Alternately, Blank New Tab Page extension. – l --marc l Oct 29 '15 at 18:22

Did you check Google Chrome's help forum?: Start chrome with blank page.

  • It's true that if you go to 'Options' > 'Basic' > 'On Startup' > 'Open the following pages' and then add 'about:blank', that chrome starts with an empty page, but still, it doesn't achieve the previous behaviour, because with these settings, on the address bar it will appear 'about:blank', and you have to delete it..Before, (or if you configure the 'Homepage' section to 'Use the new Tab page'), chrome would start with a blank page, and with nothing on the address bar, so you could start typing immediately the link of the page you wanted to go..I know that is a small detail, but to me it makes a big difference..

  • Try to use this extension. It can solve some of your concerns in my opinion: Speed Dial

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Thanks... It seems there is no complete solution till now... – jhamu Nov 2 '10 at 12:47
You're welcome. – Mehper C. Palavuzlar Nov 2 '10 at 12:49
Answers with no useful information except for a link aren't really considered good answers. Please at least summarize what's on the other end of that link. – Al E. Oct 6 '12 at 5:25
I still don't know how using a start page like Speed Dial is going to help make a blank new tab, but... for me everything takes too long - a blank page is instant. – Mei Sep 30 '14 at 17:25

On the first Options tab, add about:blank to the set of pages to open when you open chrome. Change setting to On startup: Open the following pages.... Done.

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Thanks for answering... Mehper's link is what I was looking for. – jhamu Nov 2 '10 at 12:48
Just to add... When Google Chrome opens, the text 'about:blank' will not be selected, so that you can just start typing your search query in the address bar. You can easily overcome this by simply pressing Esc key, which will select that text and you can start typing your query. – Mladen B. Nov 6 '13 at 10:55

Summarizing all I've found for the subject, including this thread, the simple, safe and resource-effective way is to create minimal extension (as recommended by author of "New Tab Redirect" here: ):

Minimal extension

Create two text files:

  • manifest.json with contents:

      "name": "Empty new tab page",
      "description": "Override the new tab page with an empty page, for users who don't like the original or custom new tab pages",
      "version": "1.0",
      "incognito": "split",
      "chrome_url_overrides": { "newtab": "newtab.html" },
      "manifest_version": 2
  • newtab.html with contents:


Save the files in empty directory, which should not be deleted while this extension in use (eg. directory "Empty new tab page" in Documents ) and:

  • Go to Chrome Extensions page (chrome://extensions/)
  • Check "Developer mode" (upper right)
  • Click "Load unpacked extension..." and point to the directory where two files was saved

Developer mode now could be turned off.

Now we've got absolutely blank new tab with absolutely blank URL field.

Note: newtab.html could be customized in a suitable way.

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I know this is an old question, but the thing with about:blank is that chrome puts your cursor in front of the "about" so you have to delete it before you can begin typing.

I noticed if you set your homepage to javacript:void() it still goes to about:blank, but the cursor is no longer in the address bar. So when you click the address bar "about:blank" is highlighted and you can immediately start typing over it.

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it works great. – Vineet Nov 21 '13 at 4:48

My solution was to create the simplest of html files, a completely blank file called index.html in my root.

With "file:///C:/index.html" in Open a specific page or set of pages in Settings, it comes up quickly, and one click in the address bar prepares for a search.

I suppose it could be named anything.

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This "solution" is not giving you a blank page but at least you don't have to delete those ugly 'about:blank' or so in the URL bar:

'Settings' > 'On Startup' > 'Open a specific page or set of pages' > 'set pages'

then Add a new page: 'chrome://newtab/'

I found this to be the best solution because:

  • the URL bar is already empty, no need to select and delete its content every single time
  • depending on your settings you have also access to your extensions, apps, Google Drive, Youtube and so on
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Yes, chrome://newtab/ is full of bookmark icons and screenshots of frequently visited sites (as of Chromium 40). That's the opposite of a blank tab: loading an actual website takes less time! – Nemo May 3 '15 at 11:56

If you open up chrome.dll - you will see that the "New Tab" page is actually loaded via Javascript from an HTML page embedded inside of chrome.dll as a resource. You can remove it (replace it with nothing).

  1. Using Resource Hacker, open chrome.dll.
  2. Use Find Text (Ctrl+F) to search for "NewTabScriptStart". The location will be something like BINDATA\771 or BINDATA\768 or similar depending on your version of Chrome or Chromium variant.
  3. Push Ctrl+A and Delete to delete the entire contents of the page where NewTabScriptStart was found.
  4. Push "Compile Script" button at top.
  5. File->Save

Now your "New Tab Page" is a blank page. In Settings, select On Startup --> "Open the New Tab Page".

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As an alternative, go to Wrench->Options and set Home Page to "Use the New Tab page" and On startup to "Open the home page". Instead of getting a blank page, you'll get clickable icons for your most often visited websites.

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I am strictly looking for a blank page to come up. Nothing more nothing less. – jhamu Jun 7 '11 at 8:09

Set "Open a specific page or set of pages" to "http:\". Works for me.

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Set this as your home page. Easy as that.

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This does not bring up a blank page. But the default page with most visited sites. – jhamu Aug 26 '13 at 18:54

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