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Thursday, October 3, 2013

How to Switch Back to the Old Google Chrome User Interface

The new Google Chrome UI has pretty much reached everyone by now and it’s been getting contradicting reviews. As with most things online, some hate the changes, while others love them. 

Personally, I don’t mind the smaller tab interface whatsoever, nor do I find it annoying that I have to click the Apps tab to get access to the extensions or the Google apps stacked together in the special grid. 

What I do think will take a while to get used to is the fact that I can no longer switch back from the Apps tab to the regular interface without hitting backspace. 

Either way, regardless of the reasons why you might want to quit the new interface, there’s a way to do it, even if it will only last for a little while (aka before Google figures it out and makes it vanish overnight). 

Here’s what you have to do . Open up a new tab in Chrome and copy and paste the following line in the URL bar - chrome://flags/#enable-instant-extended-api

Once the new page opens up, you can turn off the “Instant Extended API” by clicking the drop-down menu and choosing the “Disable” option. 

Once the change is done, you can click the “Relaunch Chrome” button from the same window. 

And there you go, in no time, the old giant speed dial is back in Chrome, replacing the new tab page. 

As mentioned, however, this isn’t the first time Google Chrome has implemented a change that many wanted to reverse, which could be done through similar methods. 

So, from previous experience, it’s possible that they’ll decide to switch off the latest version of the NTP, which will really turn the old layout into history as you are left with no other option than to accept the newest update.

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