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

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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.

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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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  • Bea

    perfect, thanks!

  • Ditto_Bird

    Doesn’t work. I’d already deleted a couple of boxes. The speed dial or whatever you call it is a great feature, but a royal PITA when something like this happens. There should be an easier way.

  • freonpsandoz

    None of that works if you don’t discover that the thumbnail is missing until Chrome has been closed and restarted. Then you’re totally phucked. No way to view or edit the list of thumbnails that have been marked “do not display.” Thanks, Google.

    • freonpsandoz

      P.S. There are article out there that say thumbnails can be restored by editing the most_visited_blacklist section of the Preferences file. There is, in fact, no such section in the Preferences file.

  • Krys

    The only thing I have found that works now is to install a chrome extension that changes your new tab page, then uninstall or disable that extension. It seems to reset the blacklist and pull from your current top sites to repopulate the icons. I downloaded a few extensions to see if there was an alternative to not being able to pin my top pages I accidentally removed, but I hated all of them. So when I disabled them, lo and behold all of my top sites were back

    • Bill

      Great idea! This worked for me. Nothing else I saw worked; apparently I was past the “Restore all” option, but this did the trick. Thanks!

    • Julia Coleman

      This worked for me – a theme is enough to do it rather than an extension.

    • Works a treat! As soon as a new theme was installed, there it was – I retrieved my most-visited (and accidentally deleted) tab instantly! Thanks for this easy, quick fix.

    • Bob

      For us that are not computer savy…how do we install and uninstall an extension?

    • THANK YOU

    • Zakaria S.

      This did it. Thanks.

  • Julia Coleman

    Scroll down to where? I see no undo option anywhere…

  • pam c

    Thanks-worked perfectly!

  • Prasad Kamath

    Awesome was searching for this!!

  • Doug

    Thanks for taking time to write this up! Worked great for my “slightly more complicated situation”. Happy New Year!

  • JoeCushing

    The restore all worked. I had to delete another one to get the link to appear though. I then, re-deleted one I actually wanted to stay deleted

  • Bonnie

    Thanks that worked perfectly, with windows 10 and chrome

  • Susan

    Thank you so so much!! it totally helped me! 🙂

  • Mr Grumpy

    It works – thanks! The fact that the X at the top right of the thumbnail doesn’t even appear until you hover over it makes it so easy to delete one accidentally.

    It should be stressed that having deleted one you will need to scroll down to see the “Restore all” option, which is in an area at the bottom of the page that wasn’t there before. Not exactly user-friendly!

  • Darkhatter

    mine keeps resetting to a certain way, like i’ll delete the thumbnail then it’ll be gone but if i try to delete another one the whole thing resets and i’ve tried clicking restore all to reset it but all it does is go back to the same state it already was in…

  • david

    Worked like a charm. Thank you. I’ve been searching for a couple of weeks for a way to replace my accidentally deleted tab.

    Deleted 1 tab by right clicking it then clicked the “X” at the top right of the tab.
    Restored both deleted tabs by selecting “Restore All”. Immediately under the 8 tabs.

    Thanks again

  • Trijnie Wanders

    Thank you!

  • edelweiss

    Thank you so much for this. It worked and I’m so happy I was able to undo my mistake.

  • Dani

    clicked restore all,then cleaned history, restarted chrome and finally got my accidentally deleted thumbnails back. Thanks.

  • H.T.V. Blu

    This didn’t work for me because it only works in the crrent sessions. If you have turned off and only noticed the missing thumbnail when you turn on again, the restore function does nothing.

    The thumbnails themselves are one of Googles’s best extras but for a page to be lost forever because of a single click is stupid and short sighted by Google.

    Please sort it out Google.

  • Aqman07

    Is there an updated version for this?

  • Jayne Marie Wilkins

    Excellent, I have waited days to find out if I can restore it, and it worked perfectly, thank you so much

  • SammityP

    Thanks! Restore All worked for me. As another commenter reiterated, I did have to delete another (random) thumbnail to get the “Undo” and “Restore All” options to appear at the bottom of the page.
    It should probably be called “Reset” or something instead of “Restore All,” because of course it doesn’t necessarily bring back something I’d deleted but don’t use anymore. It did seem to reset the “blacklist” so that my current eight most commonly visited sites are represented in the thumbnails.
    Windows7, Google Chrome Version 52.0.2743.116 m

  • Morten Thomsen

    The Restore All did the trick. Thank you so much, now google is back on my New Tab page again.

  • Roger Wolff

    I did it again (delete a page I often use).
    I didn’t have time to look into this yesterday and today… restore all only restores today’s deleted-on-purpose pages. 🙁
    If the repopulate from history and the blacklist are indeed purged, maybe it will come back eventually…. Let’s hope it does.

  • Next Gen English

    Thanks!

  • cherin

    thanks,it’s perfect ..