When I close the whole Chrome window and reopen it again, all my (often many) tabs get automatically restored. What I am looking for is a solution that I only get a single blank tab when I restart Chrome.

What I already did: I set "Open new tab page" as my Chrome startup option

What causes the problem: I use Chrome not only for browsing websites, but also as an "app launcher" for the Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Drive, etc.) as a "standalone" app in a separate window. When I close all my other open windows using the Chrome engine, I get the wanted empty tab on a Chrome browser restart. But I would like to be able to leave the other Google Apps running in their separate window because I use them a lot and they would need quite some time to load if I would close them on a regular basis (especially Gmail). So, I guess I am looking for some way that Google chrome ignores the other separate windows and just kills all the previously opened tabs when I close and open the Chrome browser again.

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There are my current Chrome settings (open new tab page):

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  • What do you have in Chrome Settings > On Startup? Perhaps you should try other settings. – harrymc Nov 7 '19 at 16:39
  • I added a screenshot of my settings in my question – Cyman Nov 8 '19 at 22:04
  • Check in Settings, System, if the option "Continue running background apps when google chrome is closed" is unchecked. – harrymc Nov 9 '19 at 11:22
  • Great idea! However, it does not influence the situation with the tabs, unfortunately... - having Gmail and other apps open as a separat app/window does still also count as an open chrome session... – Cyman Nov 10 '19 at 6:50
  • Idea: Run the Apps in a sandbox, isolated from the normal desktop, using a tool such as the free Sandboxie. – harrymc Nov 10 '19 at 7:51

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