I want my old chrome back

Recently Google Chrome changed the launch page from the apps view to their new “New Tab Page” which is just a headless Google search page. That wasn’t cool with me so here is how you go about getting your old Google Chrome apps page back.

  1. Google Chrome's New Tab view
    Open Google Chrome.

  2. Google Chrome Preferences
    Open Google Chrome Preferences.

  3. Click the Open a specific page or set of pages. radio button and then click the Set pages link. This opens the Startup pages view.

  4. Google Chrome Startup Pages
    In the Add a new page field, enter the url chrome://apps/

Now when you launch Google Chrome you’ll you be presented with the apps page. Unfortunately launching a new tab still launches Google Search page, but hey, this is a start. If anyone one has more hack-foo then I please comment.