Since the last update it has been impossible to hide the most visited sites. I don't know if it's some temporary sick joke by the chrome team but I need to remove it.
I have tried changing my home to something other website, this works for when you first launch chrome but not for opening news tabs.
This should work:
You may have to click on the 'x' on the right of each cached thumbnail to get rid of it.
Added Note: This answer was accurate for versions of Chrome that were current at the time of writing, September 2013. It is reported to be no longer accurate for later versions of Chrome.
To remove any of the 8 most visited sites, hover your mouse cursor over the 'thumbnail' until a X appears at the top right hand corner. Click that. However your next most visited site will replace it.
Long-Click on the right side of the thumbnail (do not release the mouse button) until a little 'X' is shown in the top right corner of the thumbnail. Release the mouse button and click on the 'X'. Done.
There's an extension called Empty New Tab Page. Does exactly what it says on the tin.
Try the extension listed on this blog: Source
Most how-tos only provide a solution to clear your most visited pages, not how to disable it. Both methods are easy: below:
How to Clear Google Chrome’s “Most Visited” Landing Page (until you start browsing again)
All you have to do is clear your browsing history. Click the Chrome icon on in the top-right corner of your browser, select “History”, then “Clear All Browsing Data.” Done.
How to Disable Google Chrome’s “Most Visited” Landing Page (until you want it back)
Grab the Chrome extension New Tab Redirect. Install it, enable it, and then select ”Options.” Now, you can either create a custom launch URL or you can simply enter “about:blank” as the URL to have new tabs/windows load a blank page.
In google Chrome, when you have visited a site, say wikipedia.com, your can thereafter search the site directly from the omnibar by typing in a few letters then hitting tab. However, I noticed that after I clear my cache, Chrome does not remember the search autofills, and I once again have to visit the site manually for it to take effect.
Is there a way to make the omnibar searches permanent even after doing a full cache clear in google Chrome? Thanks.
Update: I tried the suggestion below, but bookmarking the site just allowed me to autocomplete the address. It did not allow me the option to hit tab to do the search directly in the omnibar. Any suggestions?
Have you checked out this site?
You can assign keywords for search-engines:
In the popup window double-click any of the saved search-engines and assign a keyword (like 'a' for amazon etc.). To search just type 'keyword search-term' in the address bar and hit enter.
The Chrome address bar looks through your bookmarks, so:
This saves your bookmarks in your Google Account and means that you'll always have access to them.