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Google Chrome Pin Web Sites on New Tab Page

By • Dec 16th, 2011 • Category: Miscellaneous

Here is how to pin Web sites on the “New Tab Page” of Google Chrome 15 or 16. For some reason, the pin button has been removed from the recent releases but the functionality still exists. This section of the New Tab Page used to be titled “Most visited.”

First, Open the Preferences file:

Windows 7: \Users\Username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Preferences
MAC OS X: /Users/Username/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Preferences

Completely exit Google Chrome and make sure all windows are closed. Open the Preferences file in your favorite text editor.

Edit the Preferences file:

"pinned_urls": {
   "http://www.domain1.com/": 1,
   "http://www.domain2.net/": 2,
   "http://www.domain3.org/": 0
},

Look for the section listed above and edit it. You may have up to 8 pinned Web sites numbered 0 to 7 in the Preferences file. The number indicates the order of the pinned sites.

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2 Responses »

  1. I do not understand what I am supposed to edit. I found the “pinned_urls” in the preferences file, but editing this has no effect on the New Tab Page.

  2. It is not you. It is Google Chrome!!!! Pinning has been unsupported for some time now. The above workaround was effective up until version 20. Now pinning is completely gone. I will really miss the feature. 🙁

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