How To Restore A Deleted Thumbnail From The Chrome New Tab Page

Chrome’s New tab page features a speed dial; it has thumbnails of your frequently visited websites and you can click a thumbnail to instantly open the website. Based on your browsing history, you can save up to eight different websites like this. It is an exceptionally useful feature and most browsers have a speed dial functionality. For both Chrome and Firefox, extensions and add-ons exist that let you increase the number of website thumbnails that appear on the new tab page. Now imagine for a second you accidentally delete a thumbnail? Most of us would think that it will come back because we will continue to visit the website but that sadly is not the case in Chrome. Here’s what to do when you accidentally delete a thumbnail from the New Tab page and want to get it back.

You might be in one of two situations; you just deleted the thumbnail but did nothing else. The new tab page is still open. In this case, scroll down just a little bit and click the ‘Undo’ option.

In the second, slightly more complicated situation; you’ve deleted a thumbnail and accidentally clicked a different one, or done something (anything) that forced the page to close or to navigate to a different page. In this case, the undo option is lost. To restore the thumbnail, delete another one and scroll down. Instead of clicking ‘Undo’, click ‘Restore all’.

A brief explanation of what is happening; it seems when you delete a thumbnail from the speed dial, Chrome black lists it. Despite the website appearing repeatedly in your browsing history, the thumbnail doesn’t return. Clicking the ‘Restore all’ option purges that blacklist and Chrome re-populates the thumbnail based on your browsing history.

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About Kelli Smith

Kelli Smith
Kelli runs customer support and creates content for Skillcrush, a digital skills training and education platform with friendly instructors, an active student community, and laser focus on helping you achieve your career goals with technology. She has an MBA and successfully ran an international company and her own freelancing business before pursuing her passion for tech by taking advanced web development classes. Kelli loves listening to tech podcasts at 2x speed, looking for cute Corgi photos online and teaching and performing country line dancing—as a true Texan living in Finland would do. Say hi on Twitter.

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