How to bring back the apps view in Chrome's new tab page

Don't like the updated, sparser new tab page? No worries

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With Chrome 29, Google removed the overview of apps in the new tab page and instead shows you thumbnails of your frequently visited sites. If you want the old new tab page back, there's a workaround of sorts.

As the Google Operating System blog points out, previously you could disable the updated interface in chrome://flags, but that flag is no longer available, which seems silly.

To get the list of apps back, install the Show Apps in new tab extension. It'll restore the apps list by redirecting the new tab page to chrome://apps.

Alternatively, there are lots of other new tab extensions for Chrome that'll make that new tab page do more than it currently does.

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