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Previously when I opened a new tab using Ctrl+T shortcut, Chrome would automatically focus on the address bar. Therefore I could start typing and when I pressed enter it would search on Google.

Currently, I have no idea why, when I open a new tab nothing is focused, not the address bar and not the big search bar of Chrome's default new tab page. However if I press Ctrl+L ou F6 it focuses the address bar. What happened? I installed no new extensions or apps. I already reinstalled Chrome to no avail.

My version is 36.0.1985.125 m and I'm using Windows 8.1 x64. (My home computer has the same chrome version bu it's a Win7 x64 and it doesn't have this strange behavior)

As a workaround I installed Replace New Tab Page and had it open www.google.com. It works but I have to wait 2 seconds for google page to load so I can start typing.

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Which OS are you using? –  FiveO Jul 30 '14 at 8:43
Windows 8.1 x64 –  DiAlex Jul 30 '14 at 9:41

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I have seen this problem and it appears that the "Bookmarks Bar" is the root cause for it. Whenever there is a bookmarks bar, the focus on the address bar is automatic. If you remove the bookmarks bar, the address bar loses focus on a new tab.

Solution: Enable the Bookmarks bar.

Go to Settings->Bookmarks->Show Bookmarks Bar (Command+Shift+B)

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I think its because of one of the websites you have visited. You should also check your Chrome extensions at Chrome menu (hamburger menu) > Settings > Extensions.

If you had an unfamiliar extension there; uninstall/deactivate it.

If not, you can still fix that problem, if you reinstall your Windows. It would be good if you had an Acronis or Ghost disk image, so then you could restore your Windows at 5 or 10 minutes.

I use Acronis and get disk image and restore my Windows when these kind of problems occur.

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seriously?! reinstall windows? that's almost like a "fu, buy a new pc" –  DiAlex Jul 30 '14 at 16:36
No I say that, if you had get a disk image, then reinstalling Windows would take only 5 or 10 minutes... For me, I do that when that kind of problem occur on my pc. I just wrote that for an info, for later usage of you. –  hqtunes.com Jul 30 '14 at 20:00
That's a last resort solution. And I can't do that because this happens on my work pc, so I don't have permissions for that. Thx anyway –  DiAlex Jul 31 '14 at 7:57
Okey no problem –  hqtunes.com Jul 31 '14 at 16:30

There's actually no fix for this, it's a Bug as Reported Here

The only thing i can think of is that Chrome has Automatically updated him self and this lead to the issue, at first, make sure Chrome is update to date, if it's already up to date and still not focusing try installing an earlier version, this must work, it's working mine fine though

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The bug is reported since 2010 but Actually if google it you will find many reports, new ones, but the one i picked was just old by a mistake –  Yousef's Jul 30 '14 at 13:10
That link is not related with my question, since I don't use or mention "smoothgestures" extension. –  DiAlex Jul 30 '14 at 16:35

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