Recently closed tabs Gone on Chrome update

Google, as they say, constantly try out new designs to help deliver a better experience, and help take you to the page that you’d most likely visit next.

As a part of it the reopening recently closed window and reopening recently closed tabs options have been changed in the new version of Chrome.

Below is the screenshot of the new version of Chrome new tab page:

New version of Chrome New Tab page

New version of Chrome New Tab page

The older version of the page is as below with options for Other devices, Recently Closed and more…

Earlier version New tab page

Don’t be startled that the ‘Recently closed’ has disappeared, the option is available on the Chrome menu:

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the top right
  2. ‘Recent Tabs’ is the 5th option
  3. Hover over to ‘Recent Tabs’ to see the list of recently closed tabs/windows

How to get Recently closed tabs on New tab page? Roll back Chrome new tab changes

Aren’t you still convinced? You want to roll back chrome new tab page to earlier version. Here are the steps to restore old version of New tab page:

  1. Go to chrome://flags
  2. Press ‘CTRL + F’ and search for ‘Enable Instant Extended API Mac, Windows, Chrome OS’
  3. Change it to ‘Disabled’ and click ‘Relaunch now’ on the bottom
  4. This will restart the Chrome.
  5. When you open a new tab, it will be rolled back to the older version


However, you’ll loose access to other features as mentioned:

The change disables the Instant Extended API which provides a deeper integration with your default search provider, including a renovated New Tab Page, extracting search query terms in the omnibox, a spruced-up omnibox dropdown and Instant previews of search results as you type in the omnibox.

Check for more changes on the new tab page of new version of Chrome – Faster, simpler search from the New Tab page


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