How to control the most visited on Chrome

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How to control the most visited on Chrome
You can control your Google Chrome settings. (Getty Thinkstock)

When you open a new tab n Google's Chrome Web browser, it shows thumbnail displays of your most visited websites. This can be a very useful feature but in certain circumstances, such as when you use a shared computer, you may not want your browsing history displayed to others. There are options that allow you to control your "most visited" on Chrome by removing websites from the page or clearing your browsing history. You can also change your homepage so it does not display the most visited websites.

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    Make changes on the most visited page

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    Open Google Chrome. This will show the "new tab" page by default. This page shows your eight most visited sites.

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    Hover your mouse over a thumbnail showing one of your most visited pages. A grey bar will appear. Click the “X” on the upper-right corner to remove that website from your most visited page. You can click the ‘pin” button if you want to keep it there and stop it from going.

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    Click “Restore all removed thumbnails” before leaving the page. this action is helpful if you accidentally delete a thumbnail you wanted to keep on the most visited page.

    Clear browsing history

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    Click on the wrench-shaped icon in the upper-right corner of Google Chrome. In later versions, this is an icon with three horizontal lines. Select “Options” from the drop-down menu that appears. Click "Under the Bonnet" from the menu on the left of the "Options" screen that opens. Click “Clear Browsing Data” beneath “Privacy."

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    Select how far back you want the browsing history deleted for. Choose "the beginning of time" if you want it completely wiped and to clear all the most visited thumbnails in Google Chrome windows and tabs. Click on the “Clear Browsing History” check box to mark the browsing history to be deleted. Click on any other check boxes that you would like data cleared for, such as download history and cookies.

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    Click the "Clear Browsing Data" button to remove stored data and wait until the process completes. This may take some time if you have a large amount of stored data. Click on the "+" button on the tab bar after it has completed to check that the “most visited” information has been cleared.

    Removing the most visited as the default home page

  1. 1

    Open Google Chrome. Click on the wrench-shaped icon in the upper-right corner. In later versions of Chrome, the wrench symbol has been replaced by an icon with three horizontal lines.

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    Select "Options" from the menu and then select "Open the following pages." Type a website you wish to use as your home page into the "Add a new page" box. Many people choose the Google search page, a favourite news site or their email page.

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    Restart Google Chrome. The "most visited" page will now be replaced by the website you selected. This is your home page and will appear as the first tab whenever you open your browser.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want your browsing session to be kept private you can use incognito mode in Chrome. Click on the wrench-shaped icon (three lines icon in later versions) in the upper-right corner and select "New Incognito Window." While surfing in this window your activity is not stored. Any data accumulated during the session will be removed and all new cookies will be deleted when the browser is closed.

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