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How to stop Chrome from opening on startup in Windows 10

Problems caused by Chrome opening on startup in Windows 10? See how you can resolve these issues, quickly and easily.
How to stop Chrome from opening on startup in Windows 10

Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers out there. The quality of the Chromium platform it is based on is quite unique. When you take into account that Microsoft Edge is moving to Chromium, it is obvious that we are talking about an advanced browser foundation. Despite it being state of the art software, you need to pay attention to some settings if you want to prevent it from automatically running when your computer boots up.

How to stop Chrome from opening on startup

Learn how to stop Chrome from opening on startup in Windows 10 in the following easy steps.

  1. Stop Google Chrome from running in the background.
  2. Turn off 'Continue where you left off'.
  3. Take a closer look at the Google Hangouts extension.
  4. Reset all settings in Google Chrome.

Stop Google Chrome from running in the background

To be able to react immediately at all times, Google Chrome automatically keeps running in the background, even if you close the browser window. This ensures it always reserves some RAM so it can start immediately working when you need it to. Of course, this means it consistently starts running when your Windows 10 boots up. Disabling Google Chrome from running in the background is quite easy, just follow the steps below.

  1. Click on the three vertical dots in the top right corner of Google Chrome to open the menu.
  2. Click on Settings in the menu. Alternatively, you can jump directly to the Settings page by entering chrome://settings into the address bar.
    Navigating to Settings in Google Chrome
    Click on the options button in the upper right corner and select Settings from the menu.
  3. Scroll down until you get to the Advanced button, click on it.
    Advanced Settings in Google Chrome
    Scroll down to the Advanced button and click on it.
  4. In the System section, make sure that 'Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed' is disabled by clicking the toggle button to the left (and turning it grey).
    Google Chrome System settings
    Scroll down to the System section, turn off 'Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed'.

Turn off 'Continue where you left off'

Sometimes issues on startup are caused by the webpages that are open in Chrome. To stop Chrome from opening the webpages and tabs you had opened when you last used it, you can disable this option in the settings. Follow the steps below.

  1. Enter chrome://settings in the Chrome address bar.
  2. Scroll down to the On startup section.
  3. Make sure 'Continue where you left off' is not selected.
  4. Check whether 'Open a specific page or set of pages' contains no pages below.
  5. If there are any, delete them.
Google Chrome On startup Settings Section
Scroll down to On startup section and make sure 'Continue where you left off' is not selected.

Update or reinstall the Google Hangouts extension

The Google Hangouts extension can cause problems at startup. If you are using this extension, it is a good idea to reinstall it.

  1. In the Google Chrome address bar, enter chrome://extensions/.
  2. Find the Google Hangouts extension and click on the Remove button.
Remove extension from Google Chrome
Click on Remove to delete the Google Hangouts extension.

That's it! You can now head over to the Chrome Web Store and reinstall the Google Hangouts extension once again.

Reset all settings in Google Chrome

If your Google Chrome is still misbehaving, you can always reset it to its default settings. This also applies to some problems caused by Chrome being one of the Windows 10 startup programs.

  1. Enter chrome://settings in the Chrome address bar.
  2. Scroll down to the Advanced button and click on it.
  3. Scroll all the way to the bottom and click on Restore settings to their original defaults.
  4. In the dialog that pops up, click on the Reset settings button.
Reset settings in Google Chrome in Windows 10
Click the Reset settings button to reset Google Chrome settings to default.

Doing this will reset Chrome to its default settings which might solve the issue. Problems caused by Chrome running at startup can be quite irritating at times. If you go through all of these steps, you should successfully resolve these issues. If not, check the official Google support forums for alternative solutions.

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