Thursday, April 16, 2009

Dev Update: Remove Thumbnails from the New Tab Page

Google Chrome's Dev channel has been updated to

You can find out about getting on the Dev channel here:

Notable Changes:
  • Ability to remove thumbnails from the New Tab Page (feature still in development). (Issue: 685)
  • Added "Undo Tab Close" and "New Tab" to the context menu on the tab bar. (Issue: 2144)
  • It is no longer possible to cut or copy from a password text-field. (Issue: 9425)
  • Ctrl+Shift+Arrow allows change in text direction in RTL UIs. Also now support Ctrl+Shift text alignment based on which side of the keyboard those keys are pressed.(Issues: 9762, 9763)

Last Week's Known Issues Fixed:
  • Fixed issue where Google Calendar widget was not showing events. (Issue: 8935)

Known Issues:
  • Text disappears in certain web applications. For example, labels on all day events in Google calendar do not appear except when moused over. (9904)
  • Mouse wheel scrolling does not scroll windows that aren't focused. (9647)
  • Vertical scrollbar disappears when maximizing and resizing window in Gmail. (10009)
  • Delete history from Incognito mode does not refersh the history page. (Issue: 9984)
  • IME issue, form autofill pop-up overlaps the IME candidate window. (Issue: 9596)
Let us know about the issues you find by filing a bug, but please search the open issues first.

A detailed list of changes in this release is in the release notes.

-- Anthony Laforge

Google Chrome Program Manager



Blogger Wael Kdouh said...

Please add the feature to allow switching between tabs while in full screen mode.

11:46 AM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger David said...

Thanks for fixing the Calendar!

"Undo Tab Close" is welcome!

The "Edit Thumbnails" option is great. You'll get a lot of kudos for that one.

One thing left for my browser to be complete -- Sync the bookmarks with my online Google bookmarks. (wow. your spellchecker doesn't know the word 'online'... eep!)

Keep up the good work!

11:47 AM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Anthony said...

@Wael Kdouh,

You can switch tabs in full screen mode using keyboard commands (i.e. ctrl+tab).

11:54 AM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Wesley said...

Awesome, I believe this is the best dev release to date, I didn't find any new glitches since 173.

By the way, I loved the way you're handling the deletion of the new tab page thumbnails. I guess only enabling the extensions and Chrome will be ready to take over IE and FF :)

11:54 AM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Wael Kdouh said...

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11:54 AM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Wesley said...

@Wael Kdouh this is still unfixed, read the post at "Known Issues", it's the first.

11:56 AM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Wael Kdouh said...

Anthony, I don't think it is convenient when you have a large number of tabs open. Also there are situations when you need to enter a new address within the current tab.

12:01 PM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Wael Kdouh said...

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12:02 PM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Wesley said...

About fullscreen controls, I believe that as most of the new features from Chrome (like autofill and the recent remove pages from new tab page), this are an early approach, so it's extremelly simple. Certainly they will implement something like this as IE and FF have it.

12:05 PM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Wesley said...

One thing I really miss is a history of my search queries for each of my search providers, when I use "m bla", Chrome shouldn't look for URLs with bla, but on the search history for the search engine 'm'.

Anyone knows if there is an open issue for this?

12:08 PM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Revanth said...

"Wael Kdouh said...

Please add the feature to allow switching between tabs while in full screen mode."
+1 this should have been there since the beginning.

Regarding the remove thumbnail feature, I would like to see that they can be removed in one step by simply clicking a small X that pops up at the corner of the thumbnail upon mouseover. Also, please add a feature to disable the "recent bookmarks" pane. Otherwise, the improvements are moving in the right direction.

12:22 PM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Semyer said...

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12:30 PM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Semyer said...

Delete Thumbnail Is Feature Is Great
My Suggestion Is To Allow User To Reorder Thumbnails.

12:31 PM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Wesley said...

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12:32 PM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Wesley said...

If you want to reorder, you want the Speed dial from opera, not a "Most Recent". That's certainly a feature we would like in the future (the ability to switch from these two).

12:33 PM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger B.D. said...

I wish there was a way to switch the user-agent string without having to break out a hex editor. A submenu in the Developer menu seems like a perfect place to me.

12:51 PM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Wael Kdouh said...

Here is a feature that would definitely lead to a more organized browsing experience:

Include an option within the context menu of every tab called "Flip Tab", which triggers an animation of a tab being flipped(imagine having notes on the back of the current tab) which will display thumbnails to all pages initiated from within the page currently loaded within the current tab.

This could even be used to resurrect "Google Notes" by providing the capability to add notes associated with the current loaded page, which could automatically be saved as a document under "Google Documents" account.

12:54 PM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Wael Kdouh said...

I would also like to add an additional advantage of the feature I just mentioned above. Here is what happens under current google chrome's structure for the following scenario:
1) Visit a page
2) Go a couple of levels deep\
3) Now close the tab
4) Try opening a new tab. You will notice that the history of recently closed tabs does not show the original page.

Thus by using my suggested feature, google would simply show the link to the original page, which itself has thumbnails to all the visited pages from there.

1:02 PM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Andrew Charlton said...

B.D., you can set the user agent string using the command line switch --user-agent=....

2:19 PM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Matias said...

I still hate that the "minimize, maximice, close" - buttons dont work in vista when dbi windows dpi is rised...

all other programs work.


2:37 PM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Meok said...

I found a BUG in the thumbnail removal feature. It only works if you have more than one row of thumbnails on your Most Visited section. I recently started using a new Windows profile and so my New Tab Page only had three thumbnails on it. When I tried to delete one of the three sites, it deleted them all. Fortunately, you can recover what was removed.

Which brings me to me main annoyance with Chrome. You can't do a universal installation of Chrome across all the user profiles on a machine. When I install Chrome in my user profile, the other users on the system should at least see an icon on their desktops inviting them to SETUP their own Chrome, without having to download the files all over again.

3:50 PM, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Migman said...

In all 2.0 versions i have a bag with admin panel of wordpress cms. Sometimes this sites dont load. Sometimes dont load images and text on buttons. See link for details:

12:39 AM, April 17, 2009  
Blogger JECShack said...

Thank you so much... I'm looking forward to these in the stable version. :]

"Undo Tab Close"? That's funny, "Undo closed tab" makes sense to me. :]

Anyway, thank you Google Chrome team!!

12:48 AM, April 17, 2009  
Blogger Ashwin said...

I am still not able to run Google Chrome will having Symantec Antivirus installed. Please fix this issue asap, as I want to experience Google Chrome so much, but cannot compromise on antivirus program.

4:48 AM, April 17, 2009  
Blogger illumin said...

Having trouble in the last few days. Clicking a tab closes the tab, even if it's the active tab. Also, bookmarks are staying up even though they used to hide. Clicking a bookmark opens a new tab, but in the background. Clicking that tab closes it, as previously mentioned.


6:05 AM, April 17, 2009  
Blogger clive said...

To Ashwin: That's a joke right?! Go and get yourself a proper anti-virus that does not interfere with running applications (AVG's a good free one). Norton AV is an absolutely awful piece of software, it's bloated and sticks its nose into system areas it has no right to be in. That's most likely why you can't run Chrome with Norton, I'd be surprised if it had anything at all to do with Chrome iteslf.

8:23 AM, April 17, 2009  
Blogger webmaster said...

@clive: Symantec AV != Norton AV. Symantec AV is widely used in corporate environments.

10:52 AM, April 17, 2009  
Blogger Cristiano RosenCreutz said...

i' d like to can choose if zoom text only or full page.

11:36 AM, April 17, 2009  
Blogger Cakalaky said...

Awesome - editing thumbnails works perfectly!

12:02 PM, April 17, 2009  
Blogger Tyberius said...

Is there an option to disable the ctrl+shift alignment function? I use ctrl+shift+arrows to highlight text quite often, and this new feature is actually very obnoxious.

2:47 PM, April 17, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Following on from Deleting thumbnails.

If you want truly editable thumbnails then either
Safari Dial *
Speedy Marks (
is what you're looking for ...

3:02 PM, April 17, 2009  
Blogger Marius said...

The one thing I really miss in chrome is being allowed to disable the picure resize so that I can get fullsize pictures by default

4:32 PM, April 17, 2009  
Blogger Wael Kdouh said...

You need to integrate a "bubble" window which would pop up once you hoover over a link within a page. This would be useful within pages like wikipeda or knol where there are a lot of links and would be frustrating to go back and forth as you would loose your position within the page once you come back. Also opening the link in a new tab is not always the best option as it requires leaving the page.

It can also be disabled since it can be annoying in some cases.

5:15 PM, April 17, 2009  
Blogger cynosure said...

great work..
as soon i type something in the address bar, the link that gets selected is coming in a some ugly it only with me or others are also facing it?

7:46 PM, April 17, 2009  
Blogger Mehdy said...

This version is not compatible with facebook. many problems: suggestions, Menus, Bottom toolbar, ...

4:20 AM, April 18, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can install Chrome for all users - just go to Google Pack and install it from there. Then use the channel changer to go to the Beta or Dev channel if you wish. Note: You will have to remove your user's version of Chrome first.

6:50 AM, April 18, 2009  
Blogger Mag1c said...

Hey guys, from new version i cant hear sound from youtube streams...

8:24 AM, April 18, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good updates. One of the few things I get really annoyed when using Chrome is that when you close it down and some downloads are still running, those downloads are cancelled. Either you should allow them to complete, by keeping the download page open or get a warning message. Any plans to change this?

8:49 AM, April 18, 2009  
Blogger Costa said...

Please, my suggestion is simple.

Add command "Select all.." Select all content of web page to copy later.

And Add "search in this page" a word

Thanks a lot.

8:52 AM, April 18, 2009  
Blogger Costa said...

More suggestions.

The menu options "clear browsing data", "Full screen", "Help" and page "about:memory", sould be in other languages too.

Debugger javascript should be simple like the Microsoft Visual Studio debugger.

In View source Code should organize code with adittional tabs, espaces, new lines to do more comprensible and clean code.

9:25 AM, April 18, 2009  
Blogger Costa said...

More and more...

Missing useful options:

Send page to another program like a email, web editor and others programs.

10:01 AM, April 18, 2009  
Blogger Red said...

The "Save As" dialog is weird - the "Save as type" box has "*...(file type)" instead of just "*.(file type)". With this it doesn't show the existing *.(file type) files in the folders.

11:13 AM, April 18, 2009  
Blogger REO said...

Right scroll bar disappears when first opening Google Chrome with many tabs to restore. Work-around is to refresh display and the scroll bar comes back.

11:19 AM, April 18, 2009  
Blogger REO said...

Scroll bar disappears on 'Gmail page' with many tabs to restore on first opening. Scroll bar displays on other tabbed pages - maybe unique to Gmail page? Can easily reproduce this problem. Refreshing the Gmail page will bring back scroll bar.

11:25 AM, April 18, 2009  
Blogger Amit said...

hey google team,

question regarding using google chrome on windows 7 x64 beta.

afaik, it is still impossible to use the stable version under this OS.. i was wondering if and when i could download a version of chrome that would work right ahead on my win7 beta.
i understand that using stand-alone installers of the later beta/dev builds could cause problems with auto-update?

thanks in advance!

3:48 PM, April 18, 2009  
Blogger Ramon Cancino said...

I also had scroll bar disappearing issues with Gmail (it disappears when you try to resize and also when my computer comes out of sleep and hibernate). Also, when Google Labs's Multiple Inboxes, sometimes still very slow to load the other inboxes (not the main Inbox) - maybe because I have offline enabled (?).

7:47 PM, April 18, 2009  
Blogger The Word Seeker said...

I will continue to say it. Google Chrome will be the best browser in the market by the end of the year.

8:29 PM, April 18, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice update. Still need a full-page zoom save ability. When I reopen a webpage, it's zoom level goes back to default. Needs easy ability to turn off referers. Still also waiting for simple ability to change chrome's color from blue. I know, use a third-party theme, but I don't trust 3rd party stuff. Would also like ability to place "find in page" icon button next to the wrench in top right of window.

7:15 AM, April 19, 2009  
Blogger REO said...

I've noticed when you re-open Google Chrome with the restore tabs last open option - that the new tabs are not reloaded with new current content, but still have the same old page info from the last close. It would be nice if the restore of last open tabs would also RELOAD the tabs with any new current content.

Google Chrome - ROCKS!!!


5:37 PM, April 20, 2009  
Blogger Wesley said...

@REO Of course the tab shouldn't be reloaded, that's the whole purpose of the undo feature!

6:14 PM, April 20, 2009  
Blogger Tamer said...

Just download the update (from the stable version) to enjoy Full screen and Tab-management features which is great but noticed a delay in startup compared to stable chrome, which was one of main reason to switch to chrome as my default browser.

4:35 PM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Red said...

If you change the desktop background/color (or maybe theme?), Chrome crashes.

9:07 PM, April 25, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Flash Player is crashing, most of the time with GMail open >.<

3:55 AM, April 29, 2009  
Blogger GL Scarborough said...

I would prefer two thing: no thumbnails and don't auto log me into igoogle.

I want a clean page with search bar.

I like to start with a clean slate, and I've been used to this for 9 years or so. This feature bloat is, in my mind, against the original appeal of Google. It makes me have use another browser.

11:04 AM, May 22, 2009  
Blogger Adrian said...

Sometimes Chrome goes into a state, where clicking on a Tab closes the page. When in this state the two menus do not respond to clicks either.

1:31 AM, June 02, 2009  
Blogger cbarret1 said...

There needs to be a simple way to disable referrers. That's it.

I LOVE the fact that its such a slim browser it pops right up on my old computer. If too many features are added it will ruin its best.

7:58 AM, June 11, 2009  

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