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The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Yuval Tzur 3/23/13 12:15 AM
Chrome Version: 27.0.1448.0 dev-m
Operating System: Windows 7

I woke up today to find out that the new version of chrome implemented some GUI changes (Attached a screen capture).
The apps I have are now accessed by the bookmarks bar instead of the "new tab page". This is no biggie.

What is, though, are the other changes:
No more "open recently closed" option, which was very useful, and the most important change is the new layout for the most visited websites.

The new layout contains four most visited websites (Instead of eight). The top row of websites was replaced by a google search bar.
The search bar is completely irrelevant, as the omnibox is a search bar by itself.

To sum up the usability of the new layout:
- No easy access to recently closed tabs.
- Half the websites we use frequently.
- Two ways to search Google, which is redundant.

There used to be nine pages, then eight and now four. I really don't like where this is going.

Please change it back to the way it was, or at least let people decide what to use.

Thanks.

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad QQFarmer 3/23/13 6:43 PM
Strange the latest Canary version still has the "good old" NTP. 


Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad AfzalivE 3/24/13 5:40 PM
Okay, found the fix. I have no idea what triggered it though.

Go to the AppData\Roaming\Google\Chrome folder.

Find the Local State file in there and open in a text editor. Find "low_entropy_source" and change the value from (I'm guessing above 6000) to something below 6000. A newly installed Chrome Canary build has the value 2671.

That fixed it for me. :D

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Yuval Tzur 3/24/13 9:20 PM
> Find the Local State file in there and open in a text editor. Find "low_entropy_source" and change the value from (I'm guessing above 6000) to something below 6000. A newly installed Chrome Canary build has the value 2671.

I couldn't find "low_entropy_source". It doesn't exist in my computer.

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad AfzalivE 3/24/13 9:25 PM
In the same file, put it under user_experience_metrics like this:

"user_experience_metrics": {
      "low_entropy_source": 2671,
      "session_id": 452,
      "stability": {

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Yuval Tzur 3/24/13 9:42 PM
I have no Google folder under under Roaming, and in the the only place I could find the Local State file, the low_entropy_source value is 1640, so it's not the solution apparently.
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Yuval Tzur 3/24/13 9:44 PM
Changing 1640 to 1000 seems to have solved it. Thanks!
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad amf66 3/27/13 8:59 AM
In order to disable it go to about:flags and change Enable Instant extended API to disabled. Restart and you'll have the old NTP.
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Benedict Müller 3/28/13 7:09 AM
Thank you!
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Bruno Palombo 3/28/13 12:10 PM
Besides the unnecessary search box and the small number of most visited thumbnails the thumbnails cannot be shift+clicked/control+clicked to open in a new tab.

That is a real problem and slows down the usage very much.

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Gideon Wald (Chrome) 3/28/13 4:05 PM
You can click on the new 'Apps' bookmark on the right side of the bookmarks bar, or simply navigate to chrome://apps to see all of your apps.
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Gideon Wald (Chrome) 3/28/13 4:05 PM
I should add that there is a better solution for Apps in Chrome coming up within a few months: the app launcher. If you're on Windows you can flip "Show Chrome App Launcher" in about:flags and try it out.
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad amf66 3/28/13 5:11 PM
Please don't permanently disable the old NTP. For themes with nice new tab images this completely negates them. I know it sounds silly but it's nice to see my theme when opening a new tab.
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Gideon Wald (Chrome) 3/28/13 5:25 PM
You should definitely still be seeing your theme on the new NTP! We don't want to negate your theme. Is it not showing up?
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Bruno Palombo 3/28/13 6:11 PM
Hi Gideon,

Thanks for the response. You have a point in the search box in the ntp being a good thing for most users. I also see many people going to google.com.

It would be nice if the number of most visited thumbnails could be configurable between 4 to 10 for example (with 4 being the default).
I'd use about 8 personally, even if it's all in a row. It would make better use of widescreen resolutions.

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Gideon Wald (Chrome) 3/28/13 6:19 PM
That's a good point about widescreen. Once we have the basics up and running we'll consider whether we can take advantage of the extra screen real estate in some cases to show more tiles. Thank you again for the feedback!
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad amf66 3/28/13 6:56 PM
On Thursday, March 28, 2013 7:25:22 PM UTC-5, Gideon Wald (Chrome) wrote:
> You should definitely still be seeing your theme on the new NTP! We don't want to negate your theme. Is it not showing up?

Never mind Gideon! I hadn't used Canary for several days - when I first saw the new NTP it was white just like the Google homepage, but I see now that you guys have replaced it with the theme background. I must have just seen one of the very first implementations of it!

Thanks for the reply. :)

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Gideon Wald (Chrome) 3/28/13 11:31 PM
Great, glad to hear it!
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Gideon Wald (Chrome) 3/29/13 12:14 PM
It should definitely still have focus on new tab creation! What version of Chrome are you on? What does have focus?
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Scott Michaels 4/1/13 6:34 AM
Thanks for this, very much appreciated
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Website Production 4/1/13 10:11 AM
I have the same problem: Version 26.0.1410.43 m

Looks like the "web page area" has the focus instead. I have to tab 9 times to get to the omni (or F6)

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Website Production 4/2/13 7:15 AM
My omnibar focus issue disappeared after I removed the "video downloader pro" extension, which I wasn't using anyway and is no longer in the Chrome store
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad richard4339 4/6/13 10:00 AM
To me, the app launcher isn't better. It's a different solution. You're taking away a feature that I have used since it was added, and not giving me a choice in the matter. I think the thumbnails with the google search isn't a bad idea, I just think you should show more of them, but removing the option to simply open to my apps page isn't good, you could still easily leave that option there it seems. I don't want to leave my browser to open a new tab in my browser. Internet Explorer offers this, and you offer it already in the form of shortcuts on my taskbar for apps. The only time this is helpful is if I don't already have Chrome open.
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad etacarinae 4/9/13 8:26 AM


On Friday, 29 March 2013 06:40:10 UTC+8, Gideon Wald (Chrome) wrote:
* Your other devices have moved up into the "Recent Tabs" menu, which is in the Chrome menu. This means that you can access them from every page without needing to open a new tab.

Cool. Can you implement both features (recently closed tabs & other devices in the NTP and in the chrome menu) rather than discarding one in favour of the other? Choice is a beautiful, beautiful thing.  
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad pm.. 4/12/13 5:17 PM
while I might understand some of the decision I do not agree with any of them. I like my other devices at the bottom, I want to keep my recently closed as well.

That part that really bugs me though is the removal of the thumbnails. I don't always feel like typing for the autocomplete, and 8 already was not enough.

You may not realize this but wanting to have more is something users have been asking for years for: http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/chrome/aUmg42pHTAA

At the very least give us the ability to choose how many we would like.

And for those less experienced, since you seem fine telling us we should just go to the omnibox and type out sites in there, please do the same for those less experienced. If they want the search box, have them go and type in google.com.

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Shaughn 4/12/13 9:21 PM
Unfortunately I do not find this UI favourable.

The recent tabs location really makes no sense. those are "recent" from other devices and NOT for the device we are on. In fact, there isn't an easy way to get to my recently closed tabs. but for this location for other devices is not ideal and does not show ALL my other device's tabs meaning I have to open a whole new window by clicking 'more' when before in the old NTP the other devices would scroll to reveal all my tabs. So that is many more clicks and hovers just to get to the same data.

Second, I wonder how google knows how many "most visited" thumbnails people use... ;) (I guess we are getting scroogled :p ) what i find weird is that (unlike windows and Mac) currently in dev chrome OS they have (I believe) 8 thumbnails with space under them to add another 4 which could give a total of 12. With the 4 I have now, none of them are useful AND I cannot click on them to open the page (clicking does nothing). most browsers are putting more tiles IN, NOT taking them away!

Once the chrome launcher is working for all platforms the issue with apps will be remedied (but nothing will be as fast and streamlined as them being right in the NTP.

Currently in chrome 28, the NTP is white (not my theme) with the 4 useless tiles that cannot even be clicked-- and if I could, I wouldn't use them anyways because they are sites i navigate to in different ways. So I miss being able to pin the tiles I want and perhaps being able to set the site.

Lastly, I'm not a less experienced user, so I feel like if this is what the NTP is going to be from now on, that google is making a "baby" chrome, that may be "efficient" for people who haven't a clue, but is horrible for everyone else. If this is anything more than a play to have everyone have "instant" turned on thus to log more data, rather than trying to help out "less experienced" then we should have a this as a default page, with the ability to set it up with a useful amount of tiles and waste space with a giant "google" and Bar thats built right into the URL bar already-- don't need a whole page for it. All these other browsers are making fully configurable NTPs with useful content, but not chrome!

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad vaibhavgarg 4/19/13 2:55 AM
The irony is that I do not even see the search bar on the NTP anymore, so for me it's 4 small thumbnails with large white space all around!
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Astronautduel 4/19/13 6:30 AM
This new New Tab Page is really awful. All it does is try to save time for "less experienced users" while others will have to deal with having less most visited sites. Plus I'm sure users who went to google.com will still do so.

If the problem is that users don't use the omnibox as a search bar, why not make google.com the default New Tab Page and give us the option to enable the old NTP in the settings?

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Gideon Wald (Chrome) 4/19/13 10:07 AM
If you only have the four thumbnails with no searchbox or logo, are you using a search engine that isn't Google? Thanks!
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Josh Bridges 4/19/13 10:09 AM
Its awful.  Mine just randomly booted up with the new NTP today and I've been scrambling for 30 minutes in order to turn it off.  If you want to have some "user friendly" version of it in Chrome, that's fine, but let people turn it off.  Better yet, give us legitimate options.  If you want to have a "recently closed tabs" folder in the bottom right of your NTP, make a toggle for it.  The omnibox is a search bar though given the emphasis on how ISPs will add to the search bar in NTP I smell outside corporate funding driving this idea so I kind of doubt our opinions will really matter.  That was long, so, short version.  I almost switched back to Firefox today, it was that bad.
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Josh Bridges 4/19/13 10:16 AM
I found myself so irritated I had to come back and double post.  I get that 20 year old fratboys and 50 year old soccer moms will always be the ones you target things at because they drive the advertising model but I mean, its your powerusers that are the ones finding bugs, making modifications to the code, and legitimately helping development.  Sending them running into the open arms of one of the other Chromium variants, FF, or whatever else have you isn't a good way to go about things.  Would giving us an option to keep a non-"user friendly" NTP really just kill the development cycle?
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Gideon Wald (Chrome) 4/19/13 10:33 AM
It's not about advertising; it's just about UX. A huge majority of Chrome users go through time-consuming and unnecessary routes to perform simple actions like searching in the browser. We have a chance to save all of those people continual incremental amounts of time!

I appreciate that the changes can be frustrating when you feel that they're not designed for you. The one thing I will note is that your other devices are now under the Chrome menu in the "Recent Tabs" section, which means you don't need to open an NTP to get to them.

Please keep specific feedback about things you find frustrating coming.

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad amf66 4/19/13 10:49 AM
If the problem really is people not knowing they can search in the omnibar isn't the solution to make it more obvious?

There could always be a tutorial, a persistent hint that only goes away when made to, or some other way to make it more obvious to those who can't figure out. I feel like making the NTP a Google search box is needless repetition when this is what the omnibar has always done. Teaching people about the omnibar and how it works sounds like a better idea to me.

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Yuval Tzur 4/19/13 11:38 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'.
I've never heard anyone reply by saying "Really, I didn't know that!". What I do get all the time is "I know, but I like it better this way".

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.

Thanks.

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Gideon Wald (Chrome) 4/19/13 11:56 AM
I actually agree - people are unlikely to change their behavior in response to new knowledge. In our user studies, though, non-power users actually thought they were on google.com when they saw the NTP. It didn't occur to them to navigate to google.com, because they immediately knew they could just start typing (or at least click into the searchbox and start typing). This ends up saving them a huge amount of time without them having to change their conscious habits/behaviors.

Whether they "want" to save clicks or not, getting people to their destinations faster saves a huge amount of human-hours in the aggregate.

We do recognize that power users will be frustrated by some aspects of this change, and it makes us sad to make you guys sad :(. But we know you'll be able to adapt your workflows; you are the population that's willing to learn, "Okay, I have to go to the Chrome menu for my other devices now instead of making a new tab and looking at the bottom of the NTP."

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Shaughn 4/19/13 12:29 PM
as i said before-- the new other devices place meant does not work for me because it does not show ALL my other device's tabs. which means I still have to click more (which opens history) and then click more again. so that is 3 clicks, a hover, and a new page just to get to them--- thats way too much!
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Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Gambl0r 4/19/13 1:19 PM
On Wednesday, March 27, 2013 3:59:31 PM UTC, amf66 wrote:
> In order to disable it go to about:flags and change Enable Instant extended API to disabled. Restart and you'll have the old NTP.

Thanks, that was exactly what I needed - I don't mind google tweaking the tab page for new users once there's an option for us to go back to the old setting with a tweak like this!

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Yuval Tzur 4/19/13 1:21 PM
We could also adapt to a new browser.

So far I've seen only complaints. NO ONE LIKES IT, EVERYBODY HATES IT.
If we're supposed to be the ones to test it, I think our feedback should be taken into consideration instead of being dismissed.

If you reduce the number of most visited websites even further, I'll be truly thinking about moving to a different browser (Almost did it before I managed to get rid of this awful thing).

Good luck testing everything when all the testers get upset and leave.

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Johnny Maq 4/19/13 2:16 PM
I have to agree with everyone else that this is terrible. The only reason why I'm not going to throw a fit is because there's a really backward way to revert to the old NTP.

Please leave that option there for the "very few" (aka everyone I've talked to today) of us who actually want functionality. The reasons for the change which is essentially for inane people.

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad jaaptaal 4/19/13 2:45 PM
Gideon, maybe everybody could be happy if there was a 'New tab page' url somewhere in flags. I'd set it to chrome://apps, the default would be whatever you guys think should be the default. In the meantime you keep the guys who would like this or that happy...

Jaap

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Luke Casey 4/19/13 2:46 PM
Sorry but I don't get it. You've removed the search bar from web searches seemingly leading us to a more omni-bar based experience, yet now you've added the search bar back in the new tab page, except it doesn't even have a purpose, it goes straight back to the omni-bar when you click it. What is the actual point of having the search box there when it serves no point? What difference does it make whether someone clicks the omni-bar or a search box? Show some consistency, i'm pretty sure anyone with a brain who uses Chrome will know that you can search by using the omni-bar even if by misspelling a website name and it bringing up a search instead.

I'm also against the idea, if I wanted my new tab page to open google.com don't you think I would of set it to that? Now there's an extra click to open recently closed tabs as well. This is honestly the silliest addition to Chrome I've ever seen and I sincerely hope it's reverted before my faith in Google and common sense is all but lost, we're the power users, we're the ones who promote Chrome to those who stick rigid to Internet Explorer, do you want that to stop?

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad jaaptaal 4/19/13 2:49 PM
Gideon,

That's a ridiculous reasoning, non-power users going to google.com is not making them unhappy, taking away choices and features from power-users is making them unhappy. Please make the NTP customizable, put it in flags so only power users can find the setting. Shouldn't be too hard I think.

Jaap

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad jaaptaal 4/19/13 2:51 PM
+1 to what Luke says!
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Shaughn 4/19/13 5:52 PM
Attention everyone: they made a new post for the NEW NTP

http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/chrome/3NqrNecHbhs

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Charles N. Burns 4/19/13 10:16 PM
Now we enter the software phase of messing with what works so well.
I really dislike the new "New Tab Page".
Space once used by tiles for pages I frequently visit is now occupied by a search bar that adds no functionality.
I know that most users do not know they can search in the OmniBox, but many do.

You can't make everybody happy, but I really do not believe this is an improvement. Perhaps a compromise: Show 6-9 website tiles *and* the functionally null search bar.

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Borian Brückner 4/20/13 7:36 AM
I don't like how features are getting constantly removed, because of "it looks prettier"  
if you implement a feature in your browser expect people to use it, if you remove it afterwards or move it 3 levels deep into a options menu, it kills the workflow of a LOT of power users.

please keep the option to revert
or
put recently closed tabs, other devices and more tiles back in

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad _dcd 4/20/13 8:27 AM
Thanks @amf66 - I followed your directions, disabling "Enable Instant extended API" in about:flags and restarted to get the "old" new tabs page.
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Kelly Raila 4/20/13 12:21 PM
Thanks for responding with your reasoning and all...
...but please please please can we have an option to set the new tab page to look like it used to?

Ot doesn't have to be an obvious option. Like you said, the current design is for less experienced Chrome users. That's fine. Those of us who ARE more experienced, though, would really appreciate getting rid of that redundant search bar. It takes up so much screen real estate!

The version 26 new tabs page was absolutely perfect for my needs as a moderately experienced Chrome user. Suddenly I have a new tab page that is practically useless. :(

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Paulle 4/21/13 6:13 PM
Followed the same and got my tabs back.  I HATED the new version, drove me nuts.  Thanks @amf66
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Archsatanz 4/22/13 9:04 PM
You are a fucking legend.
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad logangj 4/22/13 10:15 PM
Garbage.  My biggest frustration is the wasted seconds as my page loads the google search bar in the middle of my screen.  

Get the middle click (ctrl click) bug fixed before you jam the new version down my throat.  

Are you catering to the largest number of users by group or the largest number of uses by group?  My grandma uses chrome and doesn't understand the omnibar.  These changes will help her the one time in the week she uses chrome.  I use chrome hundreds if not thousands of times a week.  Saving her and her 10 friends one click a week by burdening me with thousands seems like a retarded way to approach the problem.

Garbage.

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Paulle 4/23/13 7:54 AM
See the fix in the above post by _dcd
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Chris.Shylor 4/23/13 10:24 AM
I have been disappointed with how the apps were "hidden". I am a huge apps fan and always had my apps on my new tab page. Now with the extra click I hardly use them unless I go looking for them.

The best solution to this would be to make an option on the app page to show apps instead of the top 4 most viewed sites for us app people.

I would also like if the Apps were at the beginning of the bookmark bar with the Chrome OS popup feel.

This update just annoys me. I know you guys tried, but it does not work for some of us.

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Andrew Bleeda 4/23/13 11:42 AM
Totally agree with OP! I ended up installing a chrome app that helps me get my recently closed tabs back, I guess that wasn't necessary. A prompt of some sort would have been nice. On the flip side, I did enjoy the Earth day graphic. I request we get 8 icons back, if they have to be smaller so be it.
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad keithjgrant 4/26/13 7:14 AM
I'm going to be the exception and say I really like the new tab page in Canary and am eager for it to show up in the stable version. It looks cleaner and better and I won't accidentally two-finger swipe over to the apps page any more. And I definitely like that the recently closed tabs menu is available in the main menu now.
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad mojo-chan 4/26/13 10:14 AM
This is terrible. I used to use the apps page a lot so helpfully they moved it. Now I have less horizontal space for bookmarks and had to delete some from the bookmarks bar.
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad A.Yazji 4/27/13 11:33 AM
Thank you very much, worked for me :)
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Rickard Liljeberg 4/28/13 3:47 AM
Why don't you make a more configurable experience in general.

Config can be deep in menus so that default user never finds or knows about it... but power users will find it and can configure it.

make a custom layout of widgets, number of most used pages, direct icons to apps and so on.

I think if this would be stored at Google so all chrome will look the same for me if I log in, would be worth a lot to me.

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Dopefish 4/28/13 11:00 AM
I wouldn't mind these changes being implemented as long as there were a way to configure it how I like.  I dislike the fact that these changes are just forced on people without any choice.

Why can there not be a configuration option somewhere that the power users can go out of their way to disable the search bar, or change the amount of tiles there are?  You would make more people happy that way.

I don't know about you but when I open my web browser I don't visit just four favorite sites and call it a day.  There are quite a handful of sites I actively visit all day long, every day.

I do like that the apps button was moved to the bookmarks bar so I could disable it completely.

I also really like the fact that the other devices section was moved.  Now I can use the Speed Dial 2 extension again and still have access to my other devices, essentially ditching the new tab page... again.

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Shaughn 4/28/13 7:10 PM
Everyone needs to check out this post by François Beaufort that shows the NEW NTP with the stupid google search on it with 8 tiles instead of the current 4. I would say that this is a win but I am still unhappy with the other devices and recently closed, I have no problem with there they are, I just think that they should be accessible from the NTP as well as under history.

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Joshua Holland 4/29/13 11:44 AM
I only have the Google search bar; no recent pages or apps (not even in the bookmarks bar) for me. I've tried relaunching Chrome, but nothing happens. Am reverting to the old NTP with about:flags ASAP. Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) with real Chrome, not Chromium.
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Phil L 4/30/13 6:53 AM
My feedback is:

- don't mind the search bar - it's fine if uneccessary
- the recently closed tabs removal is bad - even though this is now under the menu it only opens the last closed tab - there used to be a list of several which now seems to be missing entirely. Bring this back!
- 4 most visited is not enough. Make this configurable/scrolling/whatever but 4 is not sufficient

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Grace T 5/2/13 1:57 AM
mine is like this. it annoys me. even though those arrows on the right and left are there, it doesnt let me click them. i have no apps anymore and not more most visit and recently closed. its getting on my nerves. i was wondering if there was any way i could get it back to the old new tab page. also you cant see my theme. it shows up the top where i have my tabs but not in the new tab page where it used to show. i hate the update and i would love if some one responded to this.
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad 3-S-E 5/4/13 1:06 AM
What I really hate about the new Chrome behavior is the absence of the typical google services menu bar (Google+, Mail, Calendar and so on) plus the Chrome Apps menu being only accessible from the Apps-Bookmark - wtf?!

Previously, when I've opened a new tab, I could chose whether to start one of my apps (e.g. GMail, Calendar, or Drive), browse the web through the omni bar, or search via the omni bar. If I wanted to access my most viewed webpages, I simple swiped to the right... But now... everything is somewhere hidden, only accessible through additional clicks and ignores the basic rules of HCI design. Google... you're not Microsoft, remember that! :-)

Please revered the changes, 'cause they make my workflow suffer...

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Patrick Baxley 5/5/13 8:52 AM
Just my two cents..

Major problem I find with the NTP is intrinsic to how I use Chrome.  I typically have 5-8 windows open, with varying multitudes of tabs in each.  At any given moment I'm usually watching a video in one window arranged towards the top of my screen, while I do random browsing in a window arranged lower on my screen.

Now, when I open up a NTP in my lower 'browsing' window, I'm presented with an unscrollable page where all I can see is an overly bloated search interface, and have to maximize the window temporarily to see my 'most used sites'.

At the very least make the NTP scrollable or recreate a cmd line switch to use the old style page.  At best, redesign the page to be a bit more visually pleasing and functional -- small and concise search bar at the top, neatly arranged tiles of most used site, and..

For **** sake..  bring back the old recent tabs menu!!!!  More often than not, the tab I want to revive is the one I closed 3-5 tabs ago!

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Phil L 5/5/13 9:43 AM
Couldn't agree more. The recent tabs link was the best thing about the old NTP. It's a bit of a deal breaker for me. The new solution is awful and only gives you the one last tab rather than a list of the last few. Took something that worked really well and made it less user friendly and pretty useless.
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Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Константин Докучаев 5/17/13 12:32 AM
I don't like this new tab page too.
1. There's no access to other devices if you use history plugin
2. You can't change order of apps

BTW, I'm using stable version 26.0.1410.64 m. And I have this "New Tab" across all my devices. chrome://flags by default. But it's great to be a part of experiment...

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Joshua Holland 5/18/13 8:34 AM
That screenshot doesn't look like the NTP I had; have you installed any software by Bandoo Media Inc, perchance? That seems to change various browser settings (including the NTP?) if you let it install normally. If you want the old NTP back, go to about:flags and change 'Enable Instant extended API' to disabled (unless software on your computer has changed it, in which case I can't help).
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Joshua Holland 5/18/13 8:37 AM
Sorry, forgot to mention that it was Grace T's NTP I posted about.
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad gegegegege 5/24/13 12:03 PM
I agree the new tab new design is just HORRIBLE.
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad eprisencc 5/25/13 7:13 PM
Thanks, this did the trick.
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Moses Anderson 5/28/13 2:24 AM
I liked it can we have a setting to turn it off and on as I always dislike the new tab before this
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Tonyfairytale 5/31/13 7:46 AM
The other devices tab function is the reason I choose Chrome. If Google want to remove it from Chrome new tab page, I may remove Chrome from my laptop. It is really easy to tell some users to search with the bar on the top, and it takes nothing to keep the other devices function on the new tab page. I am really angry now. At least Google need to provide a switch to it.
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad A.Yazji 5/31/13 1:49 PM
you can switch it off from the flags page: chrome://flags/
by disabling the option named: Enable Instant Extended API
if you are using chrome 29 you can reach this option directly by putting the following URL in the omnibox : chrome://flags/#enable-instant-extended-api
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Anne Gayongan 6/5/13 4:23 AM
I have the same problem as yours.
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad AceyCamui 6/5/13 10:52 AM
Google chrome has always been my first choice as a browser but now I'm not so sure. My most visited pages are small and hard to click on, the google search bar is highly unnecessary as the address bar does the same thing. The my recently closed tab is gone and I know it's in the menu but that's not as convenient. Please dont be like facebook google chrome and constantly change the UI or else I will uninstall this and switch to using Firefox, which I hate, again. My apps are on my booksmark bar, which I want to use as so, there should be no app button there.

Seriously google chrome, this sucks badly.
whole reason i chose chrome is because how easy it was to use
if others dont think it's easy they can keep using their IE
give us back our old chrome!

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad AceyCamui 6/5/13 11:00 AM
Also just discovered that I cannot click on my most visited and open them in a new window.

REALLY?!
is this for real?
I'm sorry google chrome,
horrible decision and I'll be switching browsers cause of this
i am highly disappointed
i used to recommend chrome to everyone i knew, everyone in my family
now i will make sure to tell ppl to UNINSTALL this
seriously, worst decision ever made
NO JOKE

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad A.Yazji 6/6/13 12:46 PM
easy man,

you can switch it off from the flags page: chrome://flags/
by disabling the option named: Enable Instant Extended API
if you are using chrome 29 you can reach this option directly by putting the following URL in the omnibox : chrome://flags/#enable-instant-extended-api

and as i heard this redesigned new tab page will be removed soon

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad A.Yazji 6/6/13 12:47 PM
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Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Eric Beringer 6/6/13 4:24 PM
For anyone who wants to keep the apps page as their new tab instead of the most visited thumbs, this extension works great:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/new-tab-redirect/icpgjfneehieebagbmdbhnlpiopdcmna?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

Just set the new tab redirect in options to "chrome://apps"

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Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad gegegegege 6/7/13 2:03 AM
That's it...you made my day...no my week!

Finally now all is back to the way it's supposed to be...maybe they should name that 'Extended API' to something more clear, and maybe separate 'NEW API' from new home page, giving the choice to enable it or not in the Advanced Settings, as it's a quite important feature.

Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad Div V. 6/7/13 7:38 AM
Hi folks: 

Thanks for the feedback. I know my colleague Gideon has been answering to some of your thoughts on this thread. Just a heads-up that there's a bigger thread here that we are constantly reading to hear your reports. To make sure we hear all of you, I'm going to go ahead and merge the two threads. Please post on the larger thread from now on with your feedback about the New Tab Page.

Cheers,
Div
Re: The "New Tab Page" redesign is really bad etacarinae 6/7/13 8:39 AM
How are we meant to downvote the arbitrary "marketspeak" responses if you merge this into the announcement thread?

Especially when your fellow colleagues claim they are "listening" but continuing on with an unwanted change which no amount of "polishing" will fix.

The Chromium team has lost the plot with the new NTP and the context menu spacing. Very disappointing.
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