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I've just updated to the latest Google Chrome Dev build, and they've changed from the annoying-but-ok new tab page to an ugly and less usable page.

On the old one, nine thumbnails was not enough, and now they've restricted it to eight.

There's an empty "Tips and Suggestions" box which I wouldn't want even if it had stuff in; they've added Recent Downloads - on the rare occasions when I need that, I'll hit Ctrl-J to open the Downloads tab; and the site-specific search box on the right has now gone!

Is there a way to get the old new tab page back, or a plugin to provide a superior one?


Update:
I launch Chrome by pressing Win+R and entering "chrome" - I have a shortcut on the Path with a Target of "C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --old-new-tab-page and whilst double-clicking this shortcut brings up the previous new tab page, using the keyboard method results in the old one.

How do I get it working via the Run box?
(Without using a batch file, which slows things down too much.)

Update 2:
GRRR! Now they've gone and stopped the --old-new-tab-page parameter from working at all!
I hate this shitty new version of the page that they're forcing upon us - can anyone provide a method to get rid of it and get the decent page back?

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If you append:

--old-new-tab-page

to your Chrome shortcut, it will revert the New Tab page to the original 3x3 layout with the Searches and Bookmarks on the right-hand side. Just tested it now on mine, works perfectly.

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This only appears to work for clicked shortcuts. If I do start>run "chrome" to launch it (with a suitably modified shortcut on the path) it uses the new tab page still. –  Peter Boughton Jul 19 '09 at 23:19
    
Ah, that's a slightly different question then, I see you have updated the text. I'll look into it... –  fourstar Jul 20 '09 at 6:46
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You need to add --old-new-tab-page to the command line arguments of the program, like a desktop shortcut. For universal support, you will most likely need to edit the registry to change the way Chrome is started by Windows.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\chrome.exe\shell\open\command is the relevant registry key.

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Same as other comment - even with the reg key it doesn't work if I do start>run "chrome" to launch it. –  Peter Boughton Jul 19 '09 at 23:20
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I'm cross-posting my answer from a similar question:

You can revert the old New Tab Page by following my workaround:

  1. Install the New Tab Redirect extension
  2. Set the URL in options to: chrome-internal://newtab/ or chrome://apps
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