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How to Disable Thumbnails on Google Chrome

In Web & Safety by Fathi Arfaoui1 CommentLast Updated: March 18th, 2018

The default Google Chrome settings come with the thumbnail function that stores the most visited websites, and that can slow down your internet connection and the browser performances will be reduced. At the same time, there are situations where people visit websites by mistakes, following hidden links, for example. That can cause some problems, especially, for kids.

The good news is that you can solve the problem, and I’ll show you how to disable the Google Chrome thumbnail function in a few seconds. Best of all, it’s a free method that will speed up your web browser, and make it clean and faster.

Disabling the Google Chrome thumbnails

All you have to do is to add a small extension from the official Google Chrome web store called Empty New Tab Page. This lightweight extension with a size of 8 KB will be installed instantly, and you don’t have to restart your browser.

You can also read: How to open Google links in a new page.

The small size will never affect the browser performances, and you will notice that all the new tabs that you open will be a blank page, with the default search bar at the top of the page as the below screenshot:

How to Disable Thumbnails on Google Chrome

As you can see, there are no more elements in the page, and all the thumbnails are gone. However, if your computer is used by someone else, make sure that he never disable the extension when using the browser. Or simply, verify the blank page function without thumbnails when you connect your computer.

This is the best way to turn thumbnails off in your browser, and best of all, you get a better user experience. If you want to enable, or, disable this extension. All you have to do is to click on the options menu, at the top right page in Chrome, then, select “Tools”, and finally, “Extensions”.

You will get the list of extensions that are installed in your browser, just find the one you’ve installed, and manage it from there.

If you want to make the browser, even cleaner and faster, make sure to use the extensions that you really need and. There is no need for a tool that you use once a week. Just disable it and you can enable it when you need it. If you’re using a password manager tool, it’s better to delete all the generated passwords that are duplicate. Make things clean in your browser and things will be better.

Of course, it’s recommended to read reviews after adding any tool in your computer. Lots of adware programs come with spam extensions and even scammers. For that reason, you have to be careful when you add and software and read carefully the instructions.

If you find extensions that you’ve never installed, then you’re a victim of a hidden software. In that case, you need to install a powerful antivirus and never trust applications before verifying everything about it. Just search on Google and you will find the top antivirus software.


  1. Hi Fathi,

    Thanks for the tip on using the chrome extension Empty New Tab Page.

    Unfortunately, that extension does not preserve the chrome theme background and if your like me you want to see as much of the white sand and palm tree beach scene as possible. I found a workaround that will prevent the recently visited thumbnails from showing and put your apps on the screen instead.

    By using a chrome extension called New Tab Redirect. Once installed, go to options, set the redirect url to chrome://apps (or any url) that will display icons of your apps which you can arrange to suit and even put them all off screen. There is even a bonus of removing the search bar and your cursor is placed in the address bar.

    Hope this helps.


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