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Restoring the Chrome App Page as the Default.

November 25, 2013

Shortly after the previous post, which mentions that I use the App page as the default browser start page, Google rolled out a change to Chrome where a search page appears in its place instead. To reach the App page now requires selecting an item from a menu bar.

I don’t care for this extra level of indirection, but fortunately my coworker clued me in on how to restore the previous behavior. In the Chrome flag settings, found using the link chrome://flags/#enable-instant-extended-api, is an option to disable the feature called “Instant Extended API.” With this disabled, the App page returns as the default.

There’s many other flags to play with, so knowing about this page might be a good thing (or bad, depending on how many things I end up breaking by tweaking too much).

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