After you frequently visited certain websites, Google Chrome will reveal shortcuts on the new tab that supposed to help you access them faster without typing the URL.
On the recent versions of Google Chrome, they provided an option to modify the shortcut based on your wish. It won’t change unless you decide to. But, you can remove the shortcuts section entirely for a cleaner look.
This change does not require developer-level configurations since the ability to remove shortcuts is available directly on Chrome’s setting.
NOTE: Make sure you are using the latest version of Google Chrome. Learn how to update Google Chrome desktop.
How to remove website shortcuts in Google Chrome
Time Needed : 3 minutes
In the following guide, you will learn how to remove shortcuts section in Chrome desktop. After that, the section will be empty, leaving a blank white area or background if you using a theme.
Go to the new tab, and click Customize or a pencil icon.
Head to the Shortcuts menu.
Enable the Hide shortcuts option, then click Done.
The shortcuts of most visited sites are now gone!
- Google Chrome
- Computer device
- Website shortcuts
The shortcuts are hidden, but you can recover them by enabling the Shortcut option on Chrome’s setting (see the third step).
Removing website shortcuts could potentially accelerate Chrome’s startup process since there are less component needs to be loaded and slightly fewer memory being used. Hence, it’s a good step to do if you feel the browser too slow during startup.