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In one of my Google Chrome profiles, opening a new tab displays the text about:blank in it. This has become increasingly annoying because my muscle memory is such that I start typing the URL foo.com immediately after opening a new tab, and with this pre-filled text, it ends up being about:blankfoo.com.

screenshot of a new tab

From a quick comparison of the preferences between this profile and another one (where this doesn't happen), I couldn't find anything that was obviously off, but perhaps I am not looking in the right place.

Is there a way to remove this pre-filled text from a new tab?

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marked as duplicate by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, Tog, mpy, tapped-out, Simon Sheehan Oct 28 '13 at 0:30

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@techie007 he doesn't want to make the new tab totally blank, he wants that the NTP doesn't display the about:blank page. –  Braiam Oct 26 '13 at 20:10
@Braiam From the linked question: "Is there a way to either clear about:blank entirely or select all the text, so I can start typing straight away and not have to CMD/CTRL + A and backspace/delete?" the title on it is just crappy. ;) –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Oct 26 '13 at 20:12

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Type chrome://settings/ in the address bar, "On startup" section is very likely you have "Open a specific page or set of pages. Change it to "Open the New Tab page".

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If you want to do thing manually, you can modify the Preferences file in the Default directory of Chrome/ium and look for this entry:

"new_tab_url": "{google:baseURL}_/chrome/newtab?{google:RLZ}{google:instantExtendedEnabledParameter}{google:ntpIsThemedParameter}ie={inputEncoding}",

yours most likely say:

"new_tab_url": "about:blank",

Just replace it with something you like.

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No, I have it set to "Open the New Tab page"... –  user267186 Oct 26 '13 at 19:17
Nope. It doesn't say "about:blank". I think it might be caused by a plugin. Will investigate... –  user267186 Oct 26 '13 at 20:06
Yeah, that's another annoying possibility. –  Braiam Oct 26 '13 at 20:12