How to Prevent Chrome from Opening Old Tabs at Startup

Chrome is one of the most used browsers out there due to its fast speed and easy to use interface. It has millions of users and updates are provided to the browser regularly. However, quite recently, a lot of reports have been coming in where the browser opens up previously opened tabs at startup. Normally, Chrome opens a new tab at startup, however, in this case, it opens all the tabs that were loaded in the previous instance of its launch.

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What Causes Chrome to load old Tabs at Startup?

After receiving numerous reports from multiple users we decided to investigate the issue and devised a set of solutions that fixed it for most of our users. Also, we looked into the reasons due to which this problem is triggered and listed them below.

  • Browser Configuration: It is possible that the browser has been configured to open a specific set of pages or tabs at startup. Also, in some cases, the “continue where you left off” option might be enabled due to which Chrome opens up previously loaded tabs at startup.
  • Background Usage: In some cases, Chrome is configured to run in the background even when you close it from the “x” mark on the top right. Chrome continues to run in the background and loads up from where you left off when started again.
  • Fast Tab Feature: Developers at Google occasionally experiment with new features for their browsers. Sometimes, these features can interfere with important elements of the browser and prevent it from functioning properly. One such feature that can sometimes malfunction is the “Fast Tab” feature. It can interfere with certain elements of the browser and cause it to load up old tabs at startup.
  • Chrome Flag Configurations: Chrome provides users with many options to configures settings in the menu. But certain advanced settings are limited to the “Flag” area of chrome. In this area, many advanced settings can be configured to the best of your preference. However, changing certain settings can cause the browser to open up old tabs at startup.

Now that you have a basic understanding of the nature of the problem, we will move on towards the solutions. Make sure to implement these in the specific order in which they are provided to avoid any conflicts.

Solution 1: Changing the Startup Configuration

It is possible that the browser has been configured to open up a specific set of pages or tabs at startup. Also, in some cases, the browser might be configured to start where you left off. In this step, we will be configuring the browser to start at a new tab. For that:

  1. Open Chrome and click on the three vertical dots in the top right corner.
  2. SelectSettings” from the list and scroll down to the “On Startup” heading.
    Clicking on the Menu button and then on the “Settings” option
  3. Select the “Open the New Tab Page” option by clicking on the “Circle” before it.
    Clicking on the “Open the New Tab Page” option
  4. Restart the browser and check to see if the issue persists.

Solution 2: Preventing Background Usage

If Chrome is configured to run in the background it might open up old tabs at startup. Therefore, in this step, we will be closing Chrome from the background and preventing it from running in the background again. For that:

  1. Open Chrome and click on the three vertical dots in the top right corner.
  2. SelectSettings” from the list, scroll down and click on the “Advanced” option.
    Clicking on the Menu button and then on the “Settings” option
  3. Scroll down further to the “System” heading and toggle the “Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed” button off.
    Toggling off the “Continue Running Apps in Background when Google Chrome is closed” button
  4. Now minimize Chrome by clicking on the “” in the top right corner.
    Clicking on the “Minimize” button
  5. Press “Windows” + “X” keys simultaneously and selectTask Manager” from the list.
    Clicking on the “Task Manager” option
  6. Click on “Details” and click on “Chrome.exe” in the list.
  7. Select the “End Task” option to close the application.
    Selecting “Chrome.exe” and clicking on “End Task” button
  8. Repeat this process for all instances of “Chrome.exe” in the list to completely close the browser.
  9. Open Chrome and check to see if the issue persists.

Solution 3: Disabling “Fast Tabs” Feature

It is possible that the “Fast Tabs” feature in Chrome is interfering with important elements of the browser and causing it to open up old tabs at startup. Therefore, in this step, we will be disabling the “Fast Start” feature completely. For that:

  1. Open Chrome, close all tabs and open a new tab.
  2. Type the following in the Address bar and press “Enter“.
    chrome://flags/#enable-fast-unload
    Typing the address and pressing enter
  3. Click on the dropdown and selectDisabled” from the list.
    Selecting “Disabled” from the list
  4. Click on the “Relaunch Now” option to reinitialize your browser.
  5. Check to see if the issue persists after Chrome restarts.

Solution 4: Resetting Chrome Flag Configurations

It is possible that in the “Flag” settings certain configurations have been set to load old tabs at startup. Therefore, in this step, we will be completely reinitializing Flag Configurations. For that:

  1. Open Chrome, close all tabs and open a new tab.
  2. Type in “Chrome://Flags” in the “Address” bar and press “Enter“.
    Typing “Chrome://Flags” in the address bar
  3. Click on the “Reset All to Default” option.
    Clicking on the “Reset All to Default” option
  4. Select the “Relaunch Now” option.
  5. Check to see if the issue persists after Chrome restarts.

Kevin Arrows


Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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