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Google Chrome Version 22.0.1229.79 on OS X 10.8.2

How can I get just a plain blank page as my home page, not just a list of "Most Visited" sites or "Apps" installed, please?

I did try using the about:blank and/or javacript:void() workaround from these sources:

Note the UI has changed since this and I am confused:

I prefer not to install extensions from unknown sources, like recommended here:

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Did you look at this plugin? –  avirk Oct 6 '12 at 1:37
Yes, but the question is: who makes this? DarkByte? I don't trust "DARKbyte". How can I make sure it is not bad code or it will not be "software updated" with bad code some day just before I do Internet banking on Chrome? I shun installing software from unknown sources... –  Robottinosino Oct 6 '12 at 1:43
For safe browsing you can use incognito mode of Chrome. –  avirk Oct 6 '12 at 1:51
It's not that I want Incognito, I'd just like not to show that I visit some medical sites or things like that often to anybody sitting behind me @ Starbucks? Sounds reasonable? –  Robottinosino Oct 6 '12 at 1:54
Then you can look out on this plugin too. Also you can use speed-dial plugin and can change your home page or new tab view in settings. –  avirk Oct 6 '12 at 1:58

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The most visited / apps page for new tabs is designed behaviour. You cannot change it to a totally blank page about:blank or a specific URL, unless you use an extension.

The only other alternative is to change the Chromium source code yourself, specifically for new tab page http://src.chromium.org/viewvc/chrome/trunk/src/chrome/browser/ui/webui/ntp/?pathrev=113333

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How is patching a source file maintainable in light of the need to keep the browser up-to-date in terms of security via the update channel and how is a coding answer suitable to SuperUser? ;) –  Robottinosino Jan 5 '13 at 10:00
@Robottinosino my answer does not include any patching of source files. Simply install a Chrome extension. Another alternative is to install a few Chrome web apps / extensions and use it a few times. Whenever you open a new tab, Chrome will now default to the Apps page instead of the Most Visited page. –  hanxue Jan 5 '13 at 13:45

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