Automatically close the browser window at ChromeOS startup.

You’re annoyed by the Chrome window opening directly after the startup of ChromeOS / at your Chromebook?

You work with other apps than the chrome browser window directly after startup?

Well, most of the time I don’t need this window at startup either and want to open specific apps directly, so I searched for a way to get rid of it, but there isn’t an option for it in the preferences.

I browsed for some time to find a solution, but even in the Google usergroups or reddit there was a way to do it and finally I realized that there is no standard way to get rid of this window.

But actually I found a workaround for me to just close the window when the browser is automatically opened after startup for the first time:

  1. Create a .html file and store it locally on your ChromeBook / ChromeOS device with the content you find in the code box at the end of this article
  2. Go to Preferences -> (scroll down) -> Advanced preferences -> (scroll down) -> Startup -> Open a specific page -> Choose page -> (Choose the page you just created)

(I use the German localized version of ChromeOS, so excuse any translation errors concerning the menu descriptions.)

Et voila. ChromeOS boots, you log in, the usual window opens for a second and is closed instantly.

At least it’s good enough for me!

By the way: No worries, you can open the Chrome window after the first automatic startup without getting it closed instantly.

Only drawback: If you sync your Chrome profile between several clients, the new default page will also be set throughout your other devices.

Simple HTML code:

<body onload="window.close();">