How To Stop Google Chrome From Opening Old Tabs at Startup

Let the past stay in the past on Google Chrome!
Britt Britt (157)
2 minutes

If you’re anything like me, you tend to open up multiple tabs at a time when working on a project. The last thing you want to see the next day when first opening up your Google Chrome profile is a remnant of your tab filled past. Which is why this guide exists!

Here is an easy way to stop Google Chrome from opening old tabs at startup!

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Open settings in Google Chrome

Located on the top right of the window, click the three vertical dots. In the drop-down menu that appears, click Settings.

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Search for startup options in Google Chrome

In the settings page that opens, enter “startup” in the search bar. Your screen should now match the image above.

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You can have Chrome open on a new tab or on specific pages!

In order for Google to know not open previous tabs when starting up, make sure to check off the first option on the list: Open the New Tab page.

Alternatively, you could have Google Chrome open on a specific page(s) if you’d prefer!

There you go! Now, whenever you open your Google Chrome, a blank new tab will appear instead of whatever you had been working on last!

Organize your 20+ tabs to save your sanity!
Britt Britt (157)
2 minutes

Regardless if you’re the type of person who keeps a dozen or more tabs open or not, tab groups are a new feature of Google Chrome that can make your tabs more organized.