How To: Refresh Google Chrome New Tab Page Thumbnails

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One of the small things that irritate me in Google Chrome is the irregular refreshing of the thumbnails on the new tab page. Of course if you don’t use the new tab page then this article is irrelevant to you, but to those who do, this article aims to show you how to manually refresh the thumbnails on the new tab page. Another solution could be to remove the recently visited websites on the new tab page, of course then the problem is that it may take some time for the websites you want there to reappear.

What you’ll need:

– Google Chrome (I’ve tried this method on version 26 for Mac & PC, procedures detailed below may vary according to which version of Google Chrome you are running, I don’t think this will work on Chrome OS)

– An SQLite browser (you can download one free from a variety of software vendors, any one will do usually)

How it’s done:

1. Close any open Google Chrome windows (remember to save anything you were working on!)

2. If you’re using a Windows computer paste the following into the address bar of Explorer or into Run command:

%LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\

You now need to open a folder in this directory which may be named default or Profile<Number>

If you’re using a Macintosh computer open a new Finder window and navigate to:

 /users/[username]/library/application support/google/chrome/

You now need to open a folder in this directory which may be named default or Profile<Number>

If you’re using a Linux computer, navigate to:

/home/<user>/.config/google-chrome/default

You now need to open a folder in this directory which may be named default or Profile<Number>

3. Inside of the folder, scroll down until you see a file named “Top Sites”.

4. Highlight this file and open it with the SQLite browser you downloaded earlier.

5. Navigate to the “Thumbnails” table.

6. Double click on the cell you want to edit for the relative website URL in the “thumbnail” column and in the pop-up click the clear button & save your changes.

7. Close the SQLite browser and launch Google Chrome.

8. Your thumbnail should now be cleared, you will need to click on the website to generate a new thumbnail and that’s it!

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