In my previous article I talked about how to disable a feature that a lot of us were not very fond of that removed and seemingly forced you to view your previous search results. To revert back it required a little work in chrome://flags where you had to disable the “Enable Instant Extended API” option. With the latest update to Chrome they had removed that option, but there was an option in chrome://settings where you could make a new tab open a certain window. Unfortunately Google developers thought it would be cool to NOT allow chrome://apps or any other chrome option to be used. Now it allows you to put it in there, but it routes right back to the new chrome page. Basically the Chrome developers have hard coded it to make sure you see their new fancy-pants design no matter what. For me, I really would rather not see the latest or most popular searches made. I want to see my apps, and only my apps and many others feel the same way. What doesn’t make any sense is how they have the option in settings to allow you to input a specific page for a new tab, but no URL’s of any kind work and there is no option in chrome://flags to turn it on or force this option to work. So yet again I hit a brick wall.
So what do we do from here? Well don’t worry, there are still other ways to fix this. Unfortunately, the only way I found that works is to install the extension Show Apps in new tab. It’s not the route I would like to take by having to install a third party extension when it’s unnecessary, but it works. If I find another option I will update this article, but for now this is all I have.