|Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||KeithR||1/28/13 7:44 PM|
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Since the recent update of Chrome Beta to V25 the Recently Closed menu doesn't appear on my new tab page. Nor do the other options shown in the Help Article as being at the bottom of the page. Ref http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95451 - my page has a Google search box, then the Most Visited / Apps links, then a row of icons (according to which link I chose) then nothing more.
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I'm a TC in Gmail, so I promise I have searched the Forum for answers before posting ;-) Those I found seem to be too early for this.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||timmmy_42||1/28/13 7:52 PM|
Hi KeithR it sounds as though an extension/app has replaced the default new tab page with its own, without the screenshot it's hard to tell exactly. Instead of inserting an image here you could post it in the clubhouse or upload it to google docs and then share the link.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||KeithR||1/28/13 8:19 PM|
Hi Tim, I tried disabling all my extensions and nothing changed. Here is a link to the screen shot:
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||timmmy_42||1/28/13 8:31 PM|
Ahh the picture really helped, this is an experiment that google is running for some users. I didn't realise it has made its way into the beta build yet. You might be able to turn it off by going to about:flags and disable 'Enable Instant extended API'
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||KeithR||1/28/13 8:48 PM|
I found that flag, but it is not enabled. Edit: I tried enabling, then disabling - no change.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||timmmy_42||1/28/13 9:03 PM|
I thought that might be the case, as if you ended up with the version that has this 'feature' then I'm not sure if you can turn it off. I'll escalate this and see if one of the chrome engineers +Sie_Denn can chip in and say if its possible to turn it off.
In the meantime you can still access your previously closed tabs by pressing Ctrl+Shift+T (will remember the last 10 and open them in last closed order) or right click on a tab or the tab bar and select reopen closed tabs.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Craig Long||1/28/13 9:11 PM|
If this isn't normal for this version then my guess is some other program is causing this. I have had this happen to me on a previous version. If fact I kept Trashing an extension and it would always return. Can you try a System Restore?
Is this normal for this version?
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||KeithR||1/29/13 1:00 AM|
I rolled back 5 days. Didn't change the Chrome tab. This experiment must be based on computer rather than account - my Win XP laptop still works the old way even though I sync my Chrome settings.
Guess I'll just have to suck it up :-(. Must say I'd prefer to be able to comment on an experiment I get into. I did send feedback using Chrome's Report an issue.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||KeithR||1/29/13 1:01 AM|
PS: Thanks for the interest.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||timmmy_42||1/29/13 1:29 AM|
Google is constantly running 'experiments' on random subsets of users across all its products without much of the way of a feedback system sadly. As it seems to be based on the install you could try just reinstalling the beta version.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Rodrigo Gonzalez||1/29/13 7:42 AM|
Im having the same issue, and God knows i didnt press or installed anything weird hehehe
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||caver_tim||1/29/13 7:45 AM|
yes you too seem to be suffering from a "test" new tab page
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Rodrigo Gonzalez||1/29/13 7:54 AM|
Its like an illness
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Sie_Deen||1/30/13 3:01 PM|
We are constantly trying out new designs to help deliver a better experience, and help take you to the page that you'd most likely visit next. We want to hear from you, if you happen to be selected for this variation of the New Tab page. We take all feedback seriously and take it into consideration to iterate the design of the New Tab page, so please let us know what you think about it.
Here is a quick guide to getting started with this new variation of the New Tab page. All the functionality that you've come to learn and use (and hopefully love :) ) are still available, but have been re-positioned. Recently Closed is now under Chrome menu > Recent Tabs. You can also use the keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl+Shift+T) in succession to get back all your recently closed tabs.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||yhrn||1/31/13 1:08 AM|
Unfortunately I'm one of the "selected" so here's some feedback. The new design of the new tab page is horrible beyond belief. Completely unusable.
[BAD] The bookmarks bar at the bottom does not use all the horizontal space forcing me to click one extra time to reach some bookmarks.
Please, please, please give me the functionality of the previous design back.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||KeithR||1/31/13 1:22 AM|
@yhrn, did you miss the post by Googler Sie_Deen? The recent tabs are on the menu for this experiment. Works fine. However, my bookmarks bar is still across the top and is no different. Do you perhaps mean the line of Most Visited sites icons?
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||yhrn||1/31/13 4:05 AM|
@KeithR, about the bookmarks - if you have the bookmarks bar hidden when you have a page loaded it used to appear at the top of the NTP and use all of the horizontal page. Try CTRL+SHIFT+B on the NTP and you'll see what I mean
I missed the fact that I could access the recent tabs from this device and others from the menu. Regardless, these changes makes the NTP completely and utterly useless for me. My usage pattern is that when I want to navigate somewhere new I CTRL+T for a new tab I used to be able to navigate wherever and however I wanted from there, e.g. search or type URL in the omnibar, click on a bookmark or a recent tab in the NTP.
Now I have to do one of the following:
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Rodrigo Gonzalez||1/31/13 5:16 AM|
I just loved pressing ctrl+t and then having a decently color/black/white balanced screen from where i could access everything in 2 or less clicks, the new screen is excesively white, feels boring, but over all that i think you failed to considerate the importance that we(users) were giving to the recently closed tabs button, in the previus new tab screen that button was relevant, now its not relevant, and that doesnt fit our, or at least mine priorities, clicking the samll menú button is uncomfortable, and to make it worsty when i see the "recent tabs" submenú it doesnt show the tabs i have just closened
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Belkorin||1/31/13 7:34 AM|
What we've really lost is the ability to re-open a whole window's worth of tabs. I used to be able to go to the new tab page and click on the recent tabs option and go to [12 tabs] after I accidentally closed a window with a bunch of tabs open.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||johnberanek||1/31/13 11:27 AM|
I also am "afflicted" and don't like it. What I really miss is the recently closed *windows* functionality. Chrome->Recent Tabs does show a closed window, but I preferred the old way.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Sie_Deen||1/31/13 11:46 AM|
@Belkorin, thanks for your feedback.
When you accidentally close an entire window with a bunch of tabs open, and to go Chrome menu > Recent Tabs. You should see the option for "Reopen closed window" instead of "Reopen closed tab". Is this not available?
You can try it by dragging a tab into it's own window, close the original window (with multiple tabs). In the single tab window, when you go to Chrome menu > Recent Tabs, do you see "Reopen closed window"?
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Sie_Deen||1/31/13 11:46 AM|
Thanks for your feedback everyone. Please do keep it coming.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||John P Beranek||2/1/13 12:09 AM|
In particular, the "Recent Tabs" dropdown has much less in it than the old New Tab page feature. I just closed 3 or 4 tabs, and then a window containing 2 tabs, and the Recent Tabs dropdown shows *just* "Reopen closed window", with no mention of the other tabs. :(
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Tomi B.||2/7/13 2:47 PM|
I miss the old style and ability to remember and re-open multiple windows and their tabs. I used to be able to have multiple windows with multiple tabs, close any of the windows, and then re-open window with its tabs intact. The current menu doesn't seem to support that, just "Reopen closed window". It also doesn't mention how many tabs the window had, which was useful to determine which of the windows I wanted to reopen.
I also have not been able to reopen windows after a restart (a major use case). In fact, it doesn't even give me the option to reopen any windows or tabs after a restart . I've tried manually closing Chrome windows, closing all Chrome windows and using the task tray helper to close Chrome, and just selecting Restart (which, at least in older versions, used to show "He's dead Jim").
Since this is an experiment, I'd like to give my feedback that the ability to restore multiple closed windows and associated tabs is an important feature.
Windows 7 x64
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||iluminator50||2/7/13 6:51 PM|
Hey guys :)
I love testing out variations of Chrome's New Tab Pages and would love to give feedback about the upcoming redesign...
I really like the design so far and think it could be better than the current one, however a few things need to be fixed...
I don't like how the apps are in alphabetical order and u cant re-arrange them. This is a big inconvenience to many users and it looks untidy to me (I'm very fussy LOL). I also think the most visited thumbnails and app icons should be a little bigger.
Could it also be possible to display google search on the page offline as well? So when a user goes offline, instead of there being no google search at all, the google logo could turn black and white (just like the apps) and the search box could become unusable(With an offline icon next to it).
Hopefully the themes glitch gets fixed soon too! :P
Hope u guys review my feedback!
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Bogdan Tatomir||2/8/13 1:43 AM|
i am one of he few selected ones as well. While i do understand the need for a change, i believe the direction is wrong. The new design is more clunky and less useful. The recently closed functionality seems more restrictive now since i cannot open 1 out of 10 tabs i closed; i need to open all 10 of them until i find the one i need. Also the functionality of "other devices" seems to be completely missing. Is there any way to go back to the old design without changing to stable channel ?
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||caver_tim||2/8/13 4:04 AM|
the large Google search box
takes up space i don't need it to when i can get the same functions from the omnibox
hides the the most visited icons if your window is not tall enough
looks like one of those annoying extensions that change you new tab page to get a cut of the advertising revenue.
if something goes wrong with drawing the search bar - you just get the 6 most visited or apps icons on the second half of the page. - if your window is not tall enough the missing search box still pushes them down so it looks like a blank page
the "most visited" icons
are too small
when i test this on my test laptop the other week - had decreased in number
are frequently hidden by the Google search bar.
sometimes are not drawn properly - the box exists, is a link but has no graphic of thumbnail
The concept of "this is the new tab page - i want to go to a web site - even though my bookmarks are hidden they appear on the new tab page" is now broken. They don't appear any more
This almost feels like a branding exercise - ie someone thinks that users don't know they're going to search in Google's search engine - so we'll get a large Google logo to remind us
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Luke46||2/8/13 4:31 AM|
The search box/google icon take too much space and is useless for omnibox users.
The left/right sides are completely white on a widescreen.
The Most Visited icons are too small.
Can't rearrange apps icons
Bookmarks bar is too short/ displays only 3 bookmarks.
Recently closed/ Other devices are harder to access.
Make the new design optional/easy to turn off maybe?
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||dtanderson||2/8/13 10:11 AM|
Moving the recently closed tabs functionality into the menu is probably good for the interface, but the current menu isn't quite a replacement for the old in-page menu. I've been typing chrome:history quite a bit since this last update took that menu away because I often want to go back five or more closed tabs and would prefer not to open them all and then figure out which one to keep. Opera has a dedicated button in the UI for retrieving closed tabs, which I love, but Chrome kept the list between sessions, which I also loved. My ideal functionality would be a button that shows the last ~50 or so closed tabs and keeps the list between sessions.
Aren't the new app and most visited icons small enough that they could all be on the page? Maybe make that conditional on screen size? Some of us still use desktops.
I'm also a bit disappointed that this new design seems to be giving up on trying to train users to use the everything bar (omnibar?) to search. I've been an Opera user for years and that's always been one of my favorite features. Having the doodle there is a nice touch, though.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||iluminator50||2/9/13 3:30 PM|
I do think however that the Google search box is a great idea! I know a lot of u think it's stupid and there's no point to it. But the majority of ppl I know and many other users who use Chrome will still go to google.com just to search something.
So the search box will definitely help... If ppl dont like it, perhaps there can be a button in the settings to turn on/off the search box???
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||axfelix||2/10/13 5:14 PM|
please, please, please put back the old Recent Tabs functionality. this is some Apple-level bullshit, a simplification and a downgrade in every way.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Michael Guina||2/12/13 8:37 AM|
I am another user who has this new interface. It took me a good few hours of googling to find out what had happened and why. I used the "other devices" button at the bottom of the new tab page every day in order to continue reading things I had been looking at on my phone or tablet, or things I have been doing at work and then want to bring home. The new menu option only seems to have a maximum of 4 tabs for each device which is far too few, I often have tens of tabs open in various locations and now I can't continue what I was doing in a new location without a significant jump in the number of clicks. This was my favourite Chrome feature by far, I thought you were encouraging people to be mobile and see all of their devices as one contiguous experience?
As others have mentioned, the "recently closed" button was also incredibly useful in the case of accidental closures, crashes or other events leading to the loss of a window or tab. The new menu option does not replicate the history and sheer facility of the old system.
I use chrome for everything, it is on every device and is the center of my digital world. I use apps for as much as I feasibly can and Google services for everything else, the only thing I don't do in Chrome now is AAA gaming (read; StarCraft =P). I love it deeply, it has changed how I use computers, this is a big step backwards in usability for me (and it sounds like many others). Find a way to fit these buttons back into your clean, white new look, please.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Michael Guina||2/12/13 8:54 AM|
Edit: Thankfully only Chrome on my home Windows box is affected. My Nexus 7, Nexus 4, MacBook, Linux Box and work computers all still work as before.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Apostolis Tympakianakis||2/12/13 11:46 AM|
Is there any way that we can opt-out from this NTP. It is a pain. Please provide a way to return to the previous one.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||beef623||2/12/13 8:13 PM|
I guess I'm another one that's been selected, here are my thoughts:
I'm kind of torn on having the search box. It seems kind of redundant since the address bar already had focus upon opening a new tab and does the same thing.
Right now, the biggest disappointments are the recently closed tabs and other devices. I can understand moving them to the menu button, but they are far too limited to be useful as they are right now.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||John Hegberg||2/20/13 12:42 AM|
Please bring back the old setup.
The new one adds nothing but the search bar, and squeezes everything else down to a smaller size.
The recently closed tab option doesn't work for me, it's always grayed out. No matter what I do, it never lets me reopen all the tabs I had open before closing chrome, and it doesn't even let me restore them 1 by 1. Though it does show me what tabs have been open on my phone.
The added search to the page makes no sense. If you do choose to use it, once the results show up, it removes the normal google search bar and uses the browsers built in search bar. In fact whenever you use Google to search now it only uses the browser bar, there is no more page search bar. Seems confusing for no reason. Pick one eh? Better to just add a tip with an arrow to the browser search bar saying "Type in your search here!"
It's also overly large. GOOGLE with a bunch of tiny crammed "most visited" pages. Yes I know I'm using a google product, thanks!! It's a big waste of space and looks silly and rushed.
It seems like you were aiming for a more minimal look, when in fact you just made it worse looking and crammed, and requires more steps to use the functions that used to just have a button in the bottom right to push. That's backwards, not forward. Please fix.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||iluminator50||2/20/13 11:07 PM|
Everyone's taking the search box too seriously here... if ppl don't like it that much, than they can make an option in the settings page to disable it.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Rodrigo Gonzalez||2/21/13 4:16 AM|
Hey GOOGLE why dont you pick for google glass testing instead of this new chrome interface thing?? =P
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||thehandyguy||2/28/13 5:06 AM|
Feedback as requested:
Much prefer the old closed tabs button, but the menu option is not bad - maybe you should consider having the button be a settable option?
The main thing I *HATE* about the test is that the default new tab is NOT my home screen ( google searchbar )it's an unlabelled searchbar that goes to ask.co.uk, and I *cannot* find a way to set it back.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||KeithR||3/1/13 12:26 AM|
Hi @thehandyguy, some software suppliers who should know better are adding Ask into their updates (notably Oracle with Java updates). Watch carefully as you click on OK to install. I suspect that the Ask settings might be installed as a Chrome Extension - it's definitely not a Google change.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||dsfasfadsfasdf||3/1/13 11:05 AM|
the ask.co.uk thing sounds a lot like the babylon search crap, its like a virus wich forces itself back into chrome every time you remove it, i have been suffering with the babylon home page since almost 6 months, still no official way to remove it without formatting my hard drive, yeah babylon shows how to remove it, but that doesnt work, such companies deserve a massive DOS attack
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||iluminator50||3/1/13 6:00 PM|
The new design is looking great (so far) and I like the new bookmarks bar at the top! Hopefully there's gonna be 8 most visited thumbnails instead of just 4...
It'd be interesting if Google added an apps menu icon, like the one they're testing for the experimental google search page.
This would be a REALLY cool addition to the page and would make the page way less clogged with apps icons...
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||pinkano||3/14/13 1:38 AM|
Where is the "Other devices" option? This is pretty crucial for me. Please move it back.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Hagar Topeka 1||3/25/13 9:11 PM|
I'd like to say that I'm not a fan of the change in the Recently Closed Tabs menu (Version 27.0.1448.0 dev-m). I use it often, and the change puts it too deep in menus and clicks. Additionally, we've lost the ability to open '27 tabs' that were closed at once with an alt-F4 or Ctrl-Shift-W, which I used to allow a computer shut down and resume without hibernation or when I accidentally held down Shift while closing a tab.
Thank you for your attentiveness to this issue.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Yuval Tzur||3/28/13 11:22 AM|
I opened another thread for this, but it seems like you have some oficial role, so here it is:
The new layout is really bad. Really-really bad. Everything is less accessible, the Google search bar is redundant and the feature I use most (Most visited websites) is going towards fewer thumbnails, which I'd consider to be the opposite to what I'd like to see.
So far I've seen several threads, and most, if not all, raise the same complaints.
Please take this into consideration.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Chen Jimmy||3/28/13 11:48 AM|
Except that it no longer gives you a selection of recently closed pages that you can choose from, and it takes 3 actions instead of 1 to get to that option.
It's a tool that many people uses, and hiding it just frustrates the users.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||iluminator50||3/29/13 7:53 PM|
they made a HUGE mistake by only putting 4 thumbnails instead of 8. Many users are gonna be angry at this change... And the fact u can only open one recently closed tab at a time. IF those 2 things are fixed I'll be happy.. Coz they are BIG issues.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Randall Finkbonner||4/6/13 10:02 PM|
I really hate this new setup. Chrome experiments should be voluntary too. Randomly forcing people to test their new stuff is just rude, especially when it's so negatively received like this issue.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||deadparrot16||4/9/13 7:21 PM|
I also have been chosen for the new rollout and when I close a window it does not show up in the history section with an option to re-open a closed window
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||SoreThumb||4/10/13 8:42 AM|
I got selected for this New Tab thingie. Hooray.
This whole "Recent Tabs" menu option's not terrible, as I found it already.
Except it's nothing but empty.
So, I can't use it, and the old one's gone, too.
(Edit: I'd prefer to find the one I wanted to re-open, versus undo the new tabs. Additionally, on a OSX machine here. )
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||John Hegberg||4/18/13 9:54 PM|
Oy i was out of the new start page for awhile and now its back again. Make it go away. It doesn't work. I can't ever reopen closed tabs once chrome has been closed. Let alone its more steps to do so. Do not want. Give us an option to opt out eh?
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Saiboogu||4/18/13 10:53 PM|
Sie, your answer is missing some critical information. How do we go back to a more functional NTP design? The previous NTP included popular and useful things (large number of frequent site thumbnails and quick access to viewing recently closed tabs), whereas the new one severely limits functionality by restricting the number of frequent sites, scaling the thumbnails to a ridiculously small size and adding extra mouse clicks before I can get to a listing of recently closed tabs.
Besides all the functional flaws, the search box is redundant and the Google logo appears either broken or badly designed - it's embossed white on a white background. No where near the quality your company usually tries to show the world.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Velhym||4/18/13 11:18 PM|
The menu just feels terrible. Having to dive into a menu when I've accidentally closed a tab or need to go back after referencing something takes way too long.
What I love about Chrome is the new tab page removes my need to really dive into menus or lists of crap that I don't care about when I'm browsing. The pages I'd most likely visit were always right there in front of me. The omnibox was my google search. I didn't have any other clutter at all.
Making the new, new tab page some weird hybrid of igoogle and the tab page is awful, it really is. I love using the beta version of chrome because I get access to all the great things that are added to the application before most others do. This is the first time I've ever wanted to uninstall Chrome Beta and go to the main release.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Balázs Birkás||4/19/13 11:32 AM|
With the old version, I always started with a new tab page, opened the most visited pages with the mouse wheel (It doesn't open them in a new tab now, so I can't open them all at the same time), and opened the remaining tabs from last session with the Recently closed menu. Now I have to set my Chrome to start with the closed tabs, open at least four (but often more) new tabs and open the pages one by one. Please, give us an option, to use the old new tab page! It was more ergonomic, comfortable, and better in all ways in my opinion. Thank you in advance!
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Yuval Tzur||4/19/13 11:44 AM|
Whenever there's a post from someone who seems to have any say about the new design, it seems like the reason for the changes is "To save most people (non-power users) some clicks".
This is not at all a good reason. Not because I don't like it or because I see myself as more important, but because it comes to solve a problem that doesn't really exist. Most people do the extra clicks not because they know nothing better, but because THEY DON'T CARE!
Countless times I've pointed out to people they can use the omnibox to search insteat of going to 'google.com'.
People who care, who actually think about the amount of clicks and how to better improve the use of any type of program are the ones who become power users anyway. Because they actually care. Everybody else just doesn't give a damn.
So please let us, the power users, the users that actually think and enjoy the user experience, keep using our browser the way we like it.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Acrolyt||4/19/13 12:51 PM|
Sadly I'm also one of the chosen ones and I am not exactly happy with the new design.
Like most of the other guys in this thread, I always prefered to hit ctrl+t and get all the features I need in one place. Bookmarks, Closed Tabs, Apps, etc. everything nice and clean.
Like this page (http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2918032) sais, the new design is supposed to be faster and simpler, but for me it's not. When I want to search fast, I simply enter my searchterms into the omnibar, that's simple and fast enough for me.
Beyond the missing convenience I have a problem seen in the attached picture. When I start to type in the searchbar, Chrome switches to the adressbar/omnibar (I think this is how it's supposed to be) but the search result page gets messed up. There is a result count, but no actual results.
Please bring back the old version or at least give us a way to revert back.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||metaldood||4/19/13 12:52 PM|
Wow. I was surprised by this almost drastic change in design. If I accidentally close 20 tabs do I use ctrl-shift-t 20 times?
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|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Landy Perdigon||4/19/13 2:53 PM|
Bad features of the new version include:
* Limited functionality for the recently closed tabs
The last one is most perplexing. Every link I've ever seen can be opened in a new tab. Of all the links on the internet, why would the links most clicked by users (the most visited sites on the new tab page) be constrained in this way? It's non-intuitive, cumbersome, and a departure from what I've come to expect from Google. Being unable to revert to the old version or at least increase functionality in the settings is also very poor form.
I'm very unhappy and can't consider myself sticking with Chrome if this isn't remedied very soon. Firefox has 9 most visited tabs on their New Tab Page and they can all be opened in a new tab with one click.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||John Hegberg||4/20/13 6:01 AM|
Found a solution from https://plus.google.com/103583939320326217147/posts/TEmt9yj6QBg
Solution via +Chris Hodapp:
Should throw you back to the normal start page.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Cygnwulf||4/20/13 6:18 AM|
I'm going to have to second the sentiments in this thread. I am not happy about how this test was conducted. I think you really need to reconsider how these tests are done.
First, and the biggest reason I am VERY upset about this - There was no notice of the change. no 'Welcome to the new new tab screen, learn about the new features you'll find" like there is at the top of groups. Just suddenly, it changed, and I spent nearly an hour trying to figure out what was wrong with my computer, what malicious program I may have acquired, etc. I didn't even try to check it out at first, when it changed with no notice my first instinct was that someone had been screwing with my computer. Well, I was partially right, it wasn't a hacker, it was Google itself screwing with me.
Second - there's no opt out. It isn't even like this is a feature that everyone is suffering from, only a small(ish?) subset of users were selected (forced) to try this out. I used to try out Google Labs features all the time when using Google products, I do like to try new stuff. but if I don't like it, I like to be able to turn it back off too. And the new NTP does not offer this option.
Now, on to my feelings about the new tab page.
2. Recently closed tabs. Enough has already been said on this subject. It is a heavily used feature for a lot of people and does not deserve to be 'hidden away' on the menu button. Also, I still want to see the NAME of the recently closed page as well and have a list to choose from. And to remember it between sessions. Basically, had you only moved this feature I could probably live with it, but now I'm going to have to actually find an alternative.
3. I'm not sure if this is intentional, but I only have 4 frequent buttons now. Not 8. I used 8. There's a lot of whitespace on my screen, plenty for all 8 of my frequent pages, particularly at the new, smaller, size, but it's not being utilized.
4. I do like having my plus notifications in the top right. that's an addition that actually does work for me.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Landy Perdigon||4/20/13 7:56 AM|
Thank you so much for sharing! I'm very relieved (and worried at how this bothered me so much). Good to have it back though. Shame on you Google.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Eduardo Monta||4/20/13 2:10 PM|
Excuse me but i hate the new "new Tab" design, there's only 4 thumbnails of "Most visited" pages instead of the 6 links i were really used to, and the recently open tabs it's not showing any tab, please at least give us the posibility to choose the layaout of the new tab, the original one, with the 6 thumbnails, recently open, and the arrow to apps was really intuitive and clean, i don't get it why you need to put a google searchbox there, thats what the omnibar is used to, it's just a waste of space, anyway, please i hope you at least read this.
PD: Sorry for the bad english and Greetings from Mexico!
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||11thGhost||4/21/13 5:59 AM|
Yeah, I gotta say I'm not liking the change.
The additional search field seems completely pointless - why would I use that when I can simply press CTRL+T and start typing in the omnibox? So now I just have the screen real estate taken up by something that is of no use to me, for which I have lost multiple frequently used shortcuts. It'd be something if the number of those shortcuts was something we could increase/decrease, but that's not an option that I can find.
And the hiding of Recently Closed and Other Devices - that's just mean. I jump between multiple devices daily, and hiding that feature just seems designed to frustrate.
This would have to be the first time I've ever found myself thinking "I hope someone brings out an extension that fixes what Google has broken".
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||DavidTCR||4/21/13 6:46 AM|
Just today this changed for me as it did for so many others. I don't mind the new page design but after recently discovering the "recently closed" option and now not having it, I'm very disappointed. I tried going to the menu as you suggested as well and there is no option for this at all. I went to the about section, the help section, and several other locations to see if it was hidden somewhere and it was not. Please tell me where I could find it or please add it back. Thank you!
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Shokofeh||4/21/13 5:43 PM|
On Wednesday, January 30, 2013 6:01:00 PM UTC-5, Sie_Deen wrote:
> Hey folks,
> We are constantly trying out new designs to help deliver a better experience, and help take you to the page that you'd most likely visit next. We want to hear from you, if you happen to be selected for this variation of the New Tab page. We take all feedback seriously and take it into consideration to iterate the design of the New Tab page, so please let us know what you think about it.
> Here is a quick guide to getting started with this new variation of the New Tab page. All the functionality that you've come to learn and use (and hopefully love :) ) are still available, but have been re-positioned. Recently Closed is now under Chrome menu > Recent Tabs. You can also use the keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl+Shift+T) in succession to get back all your recently closed tabs.
I'm also another frustrated Chrome user. I'm not sure even whether I agreed to the update or not!!
I solely relied on opening "recently closed tabs" for most of my work and it's frustrating that it's gone. The new feature of Chrome menu > Recent Tabs does not give me the option of CHOOSING the tabs I want opened. It won't keep a history of all the tabs I've closed so it's pretty useless if the tab I wanted was closed 2-before.
The thumbnails... There's only 4 rather than 6? Reducing features is never a good thing!
Also, fine. You will auto-update a certain group's program... it would be nice if there was the option of going back.
A Frustrated User
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||MegaZone_||4/22/13 12:05 AM|
Yeah, I just updated to Chome 27 and was bit by this. This is something I used *every day* in my work. I keep multiple Chrome instances open, each with multiple tabs. From time to time Chrome gets bloated and hogs resources so I'll restart it - closing each window and then reopening. The auto-resume will reopen the tabs form the last window I closed, but for the other windows I'd just open a new window from the menu and then re-open the recently closed tabs. But I just lost a bunch when this bit me and I discovered the hard way that this functionality is gone.
And 'History' is absolutely no substitute - because it lists the tabs based on when they were *opened*. So if I had tabs open for an extended period before the restart they're buried hundreds of entries back in the history.
This is definitely a step backwards in functionality for Chrome.
Add to that the smaller thumbnails for commonly accessed pages, and the reduction to four from six, plus the utterly pointless search box (I use the browser bar - it is always there, why would I change my behavior on a new tab), and it gets worse.
Bring back the old page.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||snozwoz||4/22/13 2:14 AM|
whilst yes the changes to the history page and adding it to this menu all makes sense i dont like the new tab page.
i do not need to see a google search box- i have my omini box in the address bar for that- just a coupe of inches above.
if i wanted to see the google search box i would set google.com as my homepage.
i think this is a step backwards to the days of old browsers where home page is set to your favourite search engine.
please bring back the old tabs page
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Najdan Tomić||4/22/13 5:32 AM|
I also got new "New Tab page" few days ago, and don't like it at all.
Missing recently closed tabs/window and 8 "most visited pages" are big issue for me. Ctrl+Shift+T is useless if I want to open specified closed page.
Also Google search at new tab page is waste of space for people who use omnibox, and even if I use that search when I start to type it sends me to omnibox.
I don't want to install an additional extension just for new tab page. It would be great if we have an options to change it to old style.
I apologize for my bad English.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||caver_tim||4/22/13 8:45 AM|
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Corbin Hall||4/23/13 11:32 AM|
Not a feature.
Gimme back my new tab option set of recently closed please.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Try It||4/25/13 12:53 PM|
I faced the same problem of NEW TAB with google and while typing it directs to omnibox.. the feature is irritating.
I Uninstalled Google Chrome and again Installed it. And I have my original google chrome back.
Unfortunately all my bookmark and most viewed sites are deleted but its less irritating. May be while uninstalling chrome asks to delete the browsing data, by not selecting this option, the unfortunate consequences could be avoided.
hope to help all
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Pissed Off Chrome User||4/25/13 4:43 PM|
Google, please stop taking away valuable functionality away from the NTP. What is the point of fixing something that was never broken? What is the point of making an old dog learn new tricks? A valuable, convenient function like recently closed tabs has been taken away and for what, a completely redundant search bar? Really? Someone needs to be fired for this travesty... I mean really, anyone and everyone involved in that design decision has his or her head completely up their ass. Absolutely stupid idea! Shame on you! I'm tired of every company dumbing down their products and taking away features and functions... or making them harder to find just because. Functionality is more important than aesthetics, and it's not like the two are mutually exclusive anyway. You folks at Google need to stop trying to make yourselves busy and try some real innovation for a change! And stop making me your Guinea pig!
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||José Luís Baptista||4/26/13 10:41 AM|
Although the "Reopen closed tabs" still opens all the tabs, I think the fact that I have to open them one by one isn't better than having a list of closed tabs. Having a list allowed me to open only one of the tabs, now I have to open all of the tabs until I get to one I want.
I have to say that the new NTP design, im my opinion, does not improves the usability of Google Chrome.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Matt Kiesewetter||4/26/13 11:19 AM|
I completely agree. The new design does not make Chrome easier to use...it makes it harder. Under the old view, you could easily search in the address/search bar- That's a major selling point of chrome! Why do I need to see the logo and the search bar in the browser window when I have a permanent search bar 2 inches higher?
Please put back my conveniently located recently closed option.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Marcelo Barganha||6/1/13 10:35 AM|
Oh my God! You just killed the New Tab Page!
Remove the "recently closed tabs" was a crime! And what about the ultra-small thumbnails for the "most visited sites"? CRAP!
Firefox is so happy whit this google's decision right now! Hey, Fox, I'm coming back!
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Asad Baig||6/1/13 2:15 PM|
Well this is really stupid then. (Apologies for my rage in advance)
When I click on a New Tab... I want to see my Apps page. But for some fucking reason, someone decided to put a button near the top-right in the bookmarks bar next to Bookmarks for my "Apps" page... WHY!? Why make it LESS convenient to access pages?
To go to my Apps page, I even put in the home page settings that the page I want it to go on is "chrome://apps/" but when I open a new tab it still goes to some new page that looks like the Google search bar in the centre with some of my recently visited websites. So to access my "Apps" page, I either have 3 choices:
This is exactly why I had my apps page show up before, because I had the main front pages of websites on my apps page so I could just click on New Tab which took me to my Apps page and then use the shortcuts to go to the main page of the sites that I saved onto the apps page, but now just accessing my Apps page is a chore. Bullshit. This isn't an improvement and in no way it more convenient. If anything it's more annoying. I don't even know why they're called Apps, they're clearly shortcuts! Why not call it my "Shortcuts"?
The second problem is the Recently closed tabs. That's gone from the New Tab page. What's worse is that now I can ONLY OPEN the one that I closed last using CTRL+SHIFT+T. Why did it turn into this shit? Why can't I see a list like there was before at the bottom-right of the New Tab page and CHOOSE which tab to open from a list of the last 10 recently closed tabs? If I want to re-open a tab from 7 tabs ago, I have to press that shortcut 7 times and have to go through all those tabs? Who's bright idea was this!?
Please for fuck's sake tell me how to put my Recently closed list back and my New Tab back to Apps. This change is infuriating. First Youtube keeps degrading into a pile of shit and now even chrome will start changing for the worse?
As an addition, you know the Recent History in the address bar on the right side? Can that also be made to appear in the address bar on the New Tab page?
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||attgig||6/4/13 7:42 AM|
I'm not a fan of not having the list of recently closed tabs right there when I go to the recent tabs page. I either have to go one by one - reopening tabs until i get to the one I want, or go to my history.
What really gets me is that you have my browsing history from other computers MORE accessible than my history from the current computer that I'm on. To me, that's seriously poor design.
It would also be nice to have those recent tabs as a drop down right next to where you put apps. yes, it starts taking up way too much real estate, but you showing "Other bookmarks" and being able to rename that to something shorter shows that you guys don't really care about the real estate on the bookmarks bar.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Adrian Rojas||6/5/13 8:28 AM|
Sie_Deen from google:
My feedback was gonna be full of expletives due to how bad was that change.
To eliminate the recently closed tab, which used to hold my 20+ tabs was THAT infuriating.
Stop these experiments on "random subjects" who did not accept to be subjects at all, or see your market as the browser of choice decline even more than it has been in the past few months.
If you personally don't use the feature, don't just delete it at random, make a frigging poll or something.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Alison Francis||6/5/13 10:22 AM|
I would rather have the recently closed tabs button still there as it was much more useful (Can access Google anyway in the url, so it's not really necessary); it's annoying to have to go into the options every time I need to open a closed tab. As I accidentally close tabs all the time, I really enjoyed having that easy, no mess feature and would really like it back in its original form. Please tell me it will happen, it was bad enough when hotmail changed to Outlook, I don't understand why companies always have to change something when they have a good thing going!
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Sylar17||6/5/13 2:19 PM|
The New Tab page SUCKS. And the new recently colsed tabs option SUCKS EVEN MORE since i have to open ALL the tabs that i closed until i get the one i want. This is kinda pissing me off.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||WillLKY||6/6/13 3:42 AM|
It seems a bit silly to have to blindly open recently closed tab after recently closed tab to find something. Especially since the old iteration would give you a drop down listing them all.
Feels like a step back to me.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Brendan Price||6/6/13 2:53 PM|
I had 2 pages full of tabs that I was reading. I restarted my computer expecting to be able to open all the tabs I had previously opened, but I couldn't.
The new page restore button previously gave me the ability to open multiple tabs at once. The current options allow only one tab to be opened at a time and only the most recent. And also perhaps because of the new version being downloaded I can't access my previous tabs.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Brendan Price||6/6/13 2:55 PM|
Nope. Just tried to close and reopen my old tabs. It clears your history so that previous session's tabs aren't stored.
I had nearly 20 tabs opened previously. I have no way to get them back now.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Brendan Price||6/6/13 3:01 PM|
Okay, here's another thing: I can't open my most recently visited sites into a new tab. I tried CTRL+Left Click and Middle Click. Hell I even tried to Right Click and select open in new tab. NOTHING WORKED!
Why do they not work like normal links anymore?
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Y.K.A.||6/6/13 5:59 PM|
Not all the functionality I've come to learn and use and love are still available; you're lying. I cannot open just ANY recently closed tab, I have to open the LAST recently closed tab, and work my way through until I find the one I want. Don't you people realize you can make something so inconvenient as to destroy its function?
Apparently, Google's way of delivering a better user experience is to take our favorite features and improve them beyond all usability for the most moronic, idiotic reasons, and not giving us a choice in the matter. How would letting those who hate the new tab page choose the original version after trying it out impair your testing in any way? Is your answer worth pissing off your users?
F you. How's that for feedback?
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||dkrochmalny||6/8/13 9:19 PM|
Yeah this recently closed business sucks. I can't believe you guys would remove the ability to reopen 15-20 accidentally closed tabs with 1 click. Was probably the best feature in Chrome, and causes me to lose hours of researched stuff over accidentally closing the window.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Dazmatic||6/9/13 1:00 AM|
Yeah, it really sucks.
Mines recently been changed to this new style and I really don't like it.
I had like 7 tabs open and got fed up with the english setting spelling things wrong (i.e. not UK English) I changed the language, closed google chrome, restarted it and I couldn't open the 7 tabs I had open in one go, had to manually open all 7 again.
Complete pain. Internet Explorer isn't installed on this machine, but I'm tempted to make an exception.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Vegasjim||6/9/13 11:36 AM|
Count me in as not liking the new 'no recently closed option' even a little bit. I at least want the option of the old system. When I use Ctrl+Shift+T in Mac, nothing at all happens.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Monique P.||6/9/13 11:23 PM|
As many people before me have pointed out, the Recent Tabs option in the menu is extremely limited compared to the Recently Closed Tabs option that used to exist before we were unwittingly selected for this experiment. It would be lovely if there were a way for us to revert to the previous style, if only because the functionality of this new design is NOT complete in comparison. While I preferred the other new tab layout, I do not care as much about getting used to re-positioning as I care about the loss of functionality.
Opening a single most recently closed tab through the menu is not very beneficial considering I could just as easily find such a tab in my history. Recently Closed Tabs was more useful when I had closed several tabs that had been opened and accessed on different days, and I could get them all back whether I'd closed them the day before or a few minutes earlier, or when I closed three tabs after the one I wished to get back. As it is now, the system only remembers the most recently closed tab of the most recent session.
This is especially important when using my phone's internet plan through the computer because I try to limit use by keeping fewer tabs open, which was previously easy because I could pull them up from the new tabs page. Now I cannot do that. Will this experiment end soon? Please.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Karis Shang||6/10/13 2:04 AM|
this is horrible. I want my old google chrome back.I'm so envious when I'm on my friend's computer's and they have old chrome. PLEASE GIVE ME OLD CHROME
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||dsfasfadsfasdf||6/10/13 7:22 AM|
totally agreed, gimme my old chrome back, please, i beg
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Sovjohn||6/10/13 9:53 AM|
I got "selected" on my desktop for the "New New Tab" experience, and blissfully my laptop (while being the same google account) is unaffected - still.
I do not like the "New New Tab" experience and find it about as gimmicky as the Gmail's new compose (which has the genius idea of not allowing you to edit the subject of an e-mail unless you explicitly click on 'edit subject').
In short, I used to have my apps in the New Tab, and use it to recover my closed tabs, something I had habitually done in Firefox for many years.
Now, restoring my closed tabs is a pain. A huge pain. A pain I don't want to endure.
Provide me with a way to revert to the "usual" New Tab behaviour, otherwise I will gladly experiment with Chromium / whatever can allow this instead, and never install the actual Google Chrome ever again. -1 to the metrics.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||wilkins jj leong||6/10/13 2:18 PM|
Hi Sie Deen, I have the new tab page as well, however I prefer the old one. I'm not a fan of the idea of my browser taking me where it thinks I'm most likely to go next, I'd rather be in full control of what my browser is doing. Is there any way I can get the old new tab page back?
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Asad Baig||6/12/13 9:20 PM|
Holy crap! It's back to normal! O_O
Wow... I am genuinely amazed. Of course, and quite thankful.
You guys even added the recent history icon in the Address Bar on the New Tab page!
Truly amazed by this. Thanks for putting it back to normal!
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Drew787||6/19/13 5:06 AM|
I have no problem with moving the "Recently Closed" option to the drop down menu as long as the same functionality is provided, which it does not.
When "Recently Closed" was in the new tab, it would show you closed tabs from the last session(s). The new drop down does not maintain a history from a previous session... at least on my system. The recently closed tab drop down is blank after every restart. I have disabled extensions, etc... with no luck. Created new profiles... Nothin.
Also, if a bunch of tabs were closed at once, the "Recently Closed" option would show you a "folder" (i.e. 6/7/8/etc... tabs) with a tab count of previously closed tabs. One click, and they'd all re-open. VERY useful. Please put that functionality into the drop down menu. I have since reverted back disabling the instant API flag.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||MarleneJMW||7/17/13 12:25 PM|
I'm getting a weird new Chrome page when I do Ctrl + N. It no longer has "recently closed"! I just lost dozens of tabs! Please don't tell me to go to the history and try to find all those tabs.
Please please tell me how to get my tabs back.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Jacqueline du Plessis||8/2/13 6:44 AM|
Thanks for this link.
I really miss the old Chrome browser - where the recently closed tab used to be, and the search bar that's gone. I know it's up at the top top, but I LOVED the way Chrome was.
This new way is not as nice IMO
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Petrut Marin||8/17/13 9:20 AM|
I want my Recently Closed button on the New tab page :((( It makes mee cry virtual tears
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Jéferson Fernandes da Silva||8/20/13 11:45 AM|
Any solution? Thanks!
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||David J Gill||8/24/13 8:09 PM|
"TO HELP DELIVER A BETTER EXPERIENCE?" Bullshit...how the F--- does removing the "recently closed" selection improve my experience. I use that constantly./..now I'm screwed. Google the most unbelievable choices for the design of user interfaces. Really...stupid choices.
"Randomly chosen!" I am outraged.
Which happens more often when google revises something? I am outraged or I am delighted? I HAVE NEVER BEEN DELIGHTED.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||David J Gill||8/24/13 8:13 PM|
What are you talking about?
What is CHROME MENU? tHE THREE ORANGE LINES IN THE UPPER RIGHT ...THERE IS NO SELECTION FOR RECENT TABS.
I WANT OUT OF THIS EXPERIENMENT
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||David J Gill||8/24/13 8:17 PM|
Why don't I have the new tab page????
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||David J Gill||8/24/13 8:20 PM|
WHY DON'T I HAVE THE NEW TAB PAGE?
WHY DON'T I HAVE THE NEW TAB PAGE?
WHY DON'T I HAVE THE NEW TAB PAGE?
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||David J Gill||8/24/13 8:24 PM|
Why do my replies never show up?
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||KeithR||8/24/13 9:36 PM|
On Sunday, 25 August 2013 13:24:39 UTC+10, David J Gill wrote:Why do my replies never show up?
Because you are a little impatient? I see five posts here.
FYI, the recently closed option is now (for me) at the bottom of the new tab page near the right.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||KeithR||8/24/13 9:38 PM|
PS: CTRL SHIFT T is also a very convenient short cut when you close a tab or two and then realise you wanted to keep working on one of them. The shortcut works back through the stack of closed tabs and opens them one at a time.
|Re: Recently closed option missing from New Tab page||Jacky H||8/26/13 3:30 PM|
For those of you responding recently to this thread, you are likely giving feedback and asking questions on about the newest New Tab Page, which we're already discussing here. In order to stop confusion, I am going to close this thread to further replies.
Thanks for your feedback!