Google Chrome's New Tab page includes your installed Web apps and your most visited sites for easy access. While you cannot remove the Most visited page, you can remove entries from it, either one at a time or all at once. Another alternative is to launch Chrome in Incognito mode, which prevents the program from displaying your most visited sites or your installed apps on the New tab page.
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Launch Chrome and open a new tab by clicking on the blank icon to the right of the tab bar. Click the "Most visited" link at the bottom of the window to view links and thumbnails for the sites you've opened most often.
Hover the mouse cursor over any of the thumbnails and click on the small cross icon in the top right corner to remove the site from your Most visited page. Links appear enabling you to undo the action or restore all of the sites you've hidden.
Open the Chrome menu (three horizontal lines) and choose "Settings" to make more changes to your browsing history. Select "Show advanced settings" then "Clear browsing data."
Select a time period from the drop-down list. To wipe out all of the entries on the Most visited page, choose "the beginning of time." Tick the box labelled "Clear browsing data" then click "Clear browsing data."
Tips and warnings
- Google Chrome's Incognito mode doesn't track your browsing history or collect data about you, and because it has no access to your favourite sites or apps it doesn't display anything except an information box on the New Tab page. You can launch Incognito mode by choosing "New incognito window" from the Chrome menu.
- Once you have cleared your browsing history from Google Chrome, the New Tab page shows only links to a Chrome Welcome page and the Chrome Web Store under the Most visited heading. As you browse other sites, the Most visited page updates automatically, unless you are using Incognito mode.
- If you have the New Tab page set as your browser home page in Chrome, the Most visited screen may appear whenever Chrome starts up. If you want to change this behaviour use the "Change" link next to "New Tab page" under the Appearance heading on the Chrome Settings tab.
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