Google Chrome launches with the white screen? Fix it with these 6 steps
Some Chrome users have stated on forums that Google’s flagship browser launches with a completely blank, white page. Thus, Chrome displays blank page tabs for those users. The blank page tabs don’t include any error messages. These are some of the resolutions users have fixed the Chrome white screen error with.
Resolutions That Might Fix Chrome’s Blank Screen
- Turn Off Hardware Acceleration
- Clear Chrome’s Cache
- Reset the Browser
- Edit Google Chrome’s Shortcut Target
- Reinstall Google Chrome
- Delete a Google+ Account
1. Turn Off Hardware Acceleration
- Some users have confirmed they’ve fixed the Chrome white screen error by turning off the browser’s hardware acceleration setting. To do that, click the Customize and control Google Chrome button to open the browser’s primary menu.
- Click Settings to open the tab in the snapshot directly below.
- Scroll down the Settings tab, and click Advanced.
- Then toggle the Use hardware acceleration when available setting off.
2. Clear Chrome’s Cache
Chrome’s blank screen error can be due to a corrupted browser cache. Therefore, clearing Chrome’s cache might fix the browser. Follow the guidelines below to do that.
- Press Chrome’s Ctrl + Shift + Delete hotkey to open its Clearing browsing data window.
- Select the Advanced tab.
- Select All time on the drop-down menu.
- Select the Cached images, Cookies, Browsing history, and Autofill checkboxes.
- Press the Clear data button.
3. Reset the Browser
- Resetting Google Chrome will clear the browser’s data and turn off all third-party extensions, which can be another factor behind Chrome’s blank screen error. To reset that browser, click the Customize Google Chrome button and select Settings.
- Press the Advanced button.
- Scroll down to the Restore settings to their original defaults option.
- Click the Restore settings to their original defaults option.
- Then select the Reset settings option.
4. Edit Google Chrome’s Shortcut Target
Some users have stated that Google Chrome doesn’t even display a URL bar or Settings tab when the browser opens with a blank screen. In those circumstances, some users have fixed the issue by entering ‘–disable-GPU’ at the end of Chrome’s shortcut target path. Follow the guidelines below to edit Chrome’s shortcut target.
- First, make sure that Google Chrome is fully closed.
- Right-click the desktop shortcut icon for Chrome and select Properties.
- If it’s a Start menu shortcut, right-click Google Chrome on the Start menu and select More > Open file location. Then right-click Google Chrome in the File Explorer window that opens and select Properties.
- Select the Shortcut tab shown in the snapshot directly below.
- The enter ‘–disable-gpu’ and the end of the Target text box as shown directly below.
- Select the Apply option.
- Click OK to close the window.
5. Reinstall Google Chrome
Users can also try reinstalling Chrome, which is similar to resetting the browser. However, reinstalling the browser will replace Chrome’s files and ensure its the most updated version. It would be better to thoroughly uninstall the browser with third-party uninstaller software, such as Advanced Uninstaller PRO. Users can remove Chrome with Advanced Uninstaller as follows.
- Click the Try for free button on the software’s webpage to get the setup wizard for Advanced Uninstaller. Then open the software’s setup wizard to install Advanced Uninstaller.
- Click General Tools > Uninstall Programs on the Advanced Uninstaller window.
- Select Google Chrome, and press the Uninstall button.
- Click the Use leftover scanner option on the dialog box that opens, and click the Yes button.
- Thereafter, users can select to erase leftover files and registry entries.
- Restart Windows after removing Chrome.
- Click Download Chrome on the software’s website to get the setup wizard for the browser. Then open Chrome’s installer to reinstall the browser.
6. Delete a Google+ Account
Some users have also said that they’ve fixed blank Chrome browsers by erasing their Google+ accounts (or profiles). Users can do that by opening plus.google.com/downgrade in an alternative browser and signing into the account. Then click the bin button for Google+. Click the Delete Google+ button to confirm. Thereafter, restart Windows; and open the Google Chrome browser.
Those are a few of the resolutions that might fix blank Chrome browsers so that they display webpages again. Users who have fixed the Chrome white screen issue with other resolutions are welcome to share those fixes below.
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