Everyone knows that Chrome is belongs to Google. Raise your hands if you didn’t!
But did Google really have to emphasize on that fact?
Yep, I’m talking about the new “new tab” page in chrome with Google’s name splashed across the screen and my poor tabs relegated to the bottom of the page. I thought the tiles were supposed to make accessing the frequently accessed pages easier. Now what the hell is this?
I ADORE Google, seriously. Anyone and everyone who knows me, knows this. I currently can’t breathe without Chrome and this dependency is what makes me so sensitive to the slightest change that occurs in it.
Yes, the new Interface makes accessing Google’s products much easier, and Google Doodles are now a constant reminder. But, uh. the in-your-face attitude the whole situation’s taken is seriously annoying.
If Google wants to put its name and Doodles, no one would stop them. But… the logo could have been much smaller, right? Giving space to the stuff which actually make sense on a new tab page, aka the tiled bookmarks.
Also, the “search bar” under Google’s logo reminiscent of its home page adds to the clutter and is actually redundant as well as NOT user-friendly. Chrome users are already used to searching from the address bar itself, now what’s that search-box for? Moreover, when I typed into that search box, the text actually appeared in the address bar, and to be honest it was quite unseemly.
So, yes. This Geek is DEFINITELY not happy.
P.s. If you folks are fed up with this feature and wish to switch back, here’s what to do:
1. Type “chrome://flags” in the omnibox—without the quotation marks of course
2. locate the “Enable Instant Extended API” setting in the long list, and change it from “Enable”/”Default” to “Disable.”
3. Relaunch Google Chrome
- Chrome Changes (misscodemonkey.wordpress.com)
- Switch Back to Chrome’s Old “New Tab” Page with a Quick Tweak (lifehacker.com)
- Google’s redesigned tab page annoys some Chrome users (pcworld.com)