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No matter that

  • in SettingsBasicsOn startup, I have selected Open the home page
  • Home page is set to my internal address

Chrome still opens with two tabs: my Home page and a Sign in tab (in foreground!).

How do I disable this Sign in thing? I do not ever want to use it.

The version I'm using is Chrome 18.0.1025.168. (For purposes of testing, I'm intentionally using older version.)

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On the Sign In page (under the form with credentials) there is a link to skip it. Once pressed, the Sign In page does not show up again on next start-ups. – Stan Oct 23 '14 at 13:35

Open the "Preferences" file from your profile* and edit the "sync_promo" section. This might look something like:

(...)    
   "sync_promo": {
      "startup_count": 6,
      "view_count": 4
   },
(...)

In this section, add "user_skipped": true (don't forget the comma at the end of each line that is not the last in the section), like:

(...)    
   "sync_promo": {
      "user_skipped": true,
      "startup_count": 6,
      "view_count": 4
   },
(...)

Find the information in this YouTube video. So, thanks to Vlăduţ Frăţiman.

  • profile path: open chrome://version/ or C:\Users\user-name\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Preferences in Windows 7. You can use Notepad to edit it.
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Make sure Chrome is closed before you edit the file. Otherwise your changes will be overwritten when Chrome closes. – Ian Dunn Jan 12 '13 at 20:36
    
The sync_promo line should look like this: "sync_promo": { "startup_count": 1, "user_skipped": true – user239032 Jul 18 '13 at 16:18
    
Some (deleted) answers suggest one might also need the same line in a "sync" section. Like "sync": { "user_skipped": true, "suppress_start": true }, "sync_promo": { "startup_count": 3, "user_skipped": true } But I haven't tested that. – Arjan Jul 20 '13 at 12:55

in SettingsBasicsOn startup, choose Open the following pages and put this link

chrome://newtab
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Simple but effective. Thanks – skan Mar 9 '13 at 19:54
    
This worked well for me. Thanks! – michaellee May 20 '15 at 2:07
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Way easier than the upvoted answer, and apparently just as effective. – krispy Nov 28 '15 at 16:17

This has been bugging me for a while and it appears Google is encouraging people to sign in.

I needed to make another tweak for anyone who has had this problem recently.

Script before:

"http://www.google.co.uk/" ]
   },
   "sync": {
      "suppress_start": true
   },
   "sync_promo": {
      "startup_count": 3,
      "user_skipped": true
   },

Script after fix:

"http://www.google.co.uk/" ]
   },
   "sync": {
      "user_skipped": true
      "suppress_start": true
   },
   "sync_promo": {
      "startup_count": 3,
      "user_skipped": true
   },

Works for me.

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Please don't write anything chatty like "Google wants to have our data for their big plan". Just answer the question. Please read help center before answering or asking. Thanks. – user 99572 is fine Jul 20 '13 at 11:52
    
(Hmmm, @user99572isfine, as for your suggested edit: I wanted to hit "improve" to also get some code formatting in there, but clicked "approve" instead. I guess you cannot edit either at this point?) – Arjan Jul 20 '13 at 12:39
    
Actually, this seems to be a comment to prometoy's answer. When reading the suggested help, you'll see you need just a bit of reputation to be able to comment next time. – Arjan Jul 20 '13 at 12:42

Just click on the "No, thanks" link at the bottom of the sign in page.

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This worked for me. I don't know why you should open any file and skript around within... thanks – Neifen Sep 18 '15 at 13:52

Run chromium-browser --bwsi to "browse without sign-in" and disable it.

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OP is running chrome. Does this also work with vanilla chrome? – Jeremy W Jun 23 '12 at 12:02
    
"...and disable it."? The Q is that I don't know how to disable it. – Alois Mahdal Aug 16 '12 at 13:54

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