Google recently launched a new tab page in the Chrome web browser that restrict the page to a Google search form that is a copy of the google.com search start page, and eight popular or pinned websites.
There are ways to change that tab page back to the old, but it is not clear how long those will work in the browser. If you compare the old with the new tab page, you will notice that several features that were included in the old are missing in the new.
This includes the list of recently closed tabs, the list of installed apps on the second page, a link to the Chrome web store, and the sign in to Chrome link up at the top.
Restoring Tabs in Chrome
Google has added a restore tabs option to the Chrome menu instead so that users can click on the menu whenever they want to restore a tab they have closed recently.
It needs to be noted that this is limited to a maximum of ten tabs, and that there is no option provided in the browser to increase the limit.
So, to restore a tab if you are using the new Google Chrome tab page, click on the menu button and select the Recent Tabs item afterwards.
All recently closed websites are displayed here with their favicon - if available - and their website title. To restore individual tabs, click on them and they are added to the browser again. You can alternatively restore them all with a click on the x Tabs row in the menu.
Here you also find the Tabs from other devices listing if you are using multiple devices.
Instead of using the menu to restore tabs in Google Chrome, you can also use keyboard shortcuts to do so. You probably know that Ctrl-T opens a new tab in the browser. You can use Ctrl-Shift-T to restore the last closed tab. If you use the shortcut multiple times, you can restore all closed tabs to the limit in chronological order.
You can alternatively use the mouse to restore tabs. Just right-click on any open tab in the Chrome browser and select the Reopen closed tab option from the context menu that opens up.
At least some Chrome users are not happy about the new tab page that Google implemented in the web browser recently. Some feel that the search form is redundant, considering that they can use the browser's address bar as well to search on the Internet. Others miss one or multiple of the features that were removed in the process.
For now, it is relatively easy to go back to the old tab page.