Having your thumbnails on display may be a problem. You can remove the thumbnails from Google Chrome in just a few easy steps.
When you launch Google Chrome or when you open up a new tab page, by default, Google shows a page titled New Tab. This Google homepage shows not only the Google search box but also a list of several Google products, such as Gmail, and a list of thumbnails of pages you’ve recently visited.
For many, this thumbnail history is a good idea since it allows them to access their most visited pages easily. However, in many cases, such as when you let others use your browser or when you want to share your screen, those thumbnails can be clear invasion of privacy.
While Chrome doesn’t allow you to save websites to the New Tab page like bookmarks, you can make it temporarily display new sites or even other saved sites. There are a few ways to do so.
In this article, you’ll learn:
How to remove thumbnails from the Chrome start page.
How to clear your Google Chrome browser history.
How to manually remove thumbnails from the Chrome New Tab page.
How to set a custom homepage in Google Chrome.
How you can get back the default thumbnails.
How to remove thumbnails from the Google Chrome New Tab page
There are essentially three ways of removing thumbnails from the Google Chrome start page.
Clear your browser history to remove thumbnails in Google Chrome
Chrome removes the site thumbnails automatically when you clear your browser history. To clear your history, follow the steps below:
Click the three vertical dots on the right of your search bar and click on history.
On the left of the history screen, click on the Clear browsing data link.
Next, you’ll see a pop-up with several options. Here, set the time range for which you want to clear your browsing history. To remove all of the thumbnails on the Chrome New Tab page, select All time from the drop down list. If you only want to remove the most recent thumbnails, select the number of days or weeks you want to clear.
Now, make sure the Browsing History check box is enabled and finally click on Clear data.
Manually remove single thumbnails from the Google Chrome start page
It is also possible to remove the thumbnails manually.
Hover over the thumbnail of the site you want to remove, and click on the three vertical dots in the top right corner of the thumbnail.
Click Remove in the Edit shortcut dialog to remove the thumbnail manually from the Chrome New Tab page.
Set a custom startup page in Google Chrome
It is also possible to hide the thumbnails that show up on the New Tab page by setting a custom startup page. Google Chrome opens the New Tab page by default, but you can change it to a custom startup page such as the Google search homepage. Site thumbnails won’t be displayed.
Click on the vertical dots on the right of your address bar to open the menu and then choose Settings.
Scroll down to the On startup section and select the Open a specific page or set of pages.
Click on the Add a new page link, then enter the address (URL) of the page you want to open every time you start Chrome or open a new tab, and click Add.
After following these steps, the new homepage you chose will open every time you open a new tab, which means the site thumbnails will no longer be displayed.
These extensions let you redirect the New Tab page to show you the web page of your choice. It is easy to set up these extensions and they are quite customizable, giving you the freedom to choose what you want to see.
Restore site thumbnails in Google Chrome
If you have cleared your browsing history, the thumbnails on the New Tab page in Google Chrome can not be restored.
However, when you remove a thumbnail manually, there is a 10-second window in which you can change your mind and restore the thumbnails you removed.
Look at the bottom of your browser window and you'll see a message that your shortcut was removed. Click Undo to restore that thumbnail.
To reset Google Chrome and make the New Tab page use the default thumbnails, click Restore default shortcuts.
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