I am not a huge fan of Google’s new, new tab page. While it might be easier or quicker to search for people who are new Google’s browser, it started becoming a pain for somebody who is used to using many chrome apps and used to searching straight from the address bar. Doing so is quite quick and painless, just involving tweaking a single setting in Chrome. See below for the full steps.
- Type, or copy and paste, into the address bar : chrome://flags/#enable-instant-extended-api
- Select Disabled under Enable Instant Extended API
- Hit the button that appears at the bottom of the page “Relaunch now”
- Hit ctrl + t and enjoy your old new tab functionality back.
**Looks the ability to disable the “Apps” functionality was removed 2/20/2014. Will let you guys know if I find a new way around!