How to Change the Home Page in Google Chrome

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Chrome Appearance Settings

This tutorial is only intended for users running the Google Chrome Web browser on Chrome OS, LinuxMac OS X, macOS Sierra, or Windows operating systems.

Google Chrome allows you to easily modify its home page settings, giving you full control over what gets loaded each time you open a new tab/window or click on the browser's Home button. By default Chrome's New Tab page is displayed in these instances, serving as a virtual docking station for all of your apps, bookmarks, and frequently visited websites.

While this page is considered to be very useful for many, others may want to specify a particular URL as their home page. This can be done in just a few steps, and this tutorial walks you through the process on multiple platforms. First, open your Google Chrome browser.

Enter the following text into Chrome's address/search bar, also known as the Omnibox, and hit the Enter key: chrome://settings. The Settings/Preferences interface should now be displayed in the active tab. Click on Settings in the left menu pane, if it is not already selected. Next, locate the Appearance section.

By default, the Home button is not visible on Chrome's main toolbar and the Show Home button option is disabled. First, activate this option by clicking on the empty check box.

The Home button should now be displayed in Chrome's address bar, along with an added option directly below the Show Home button setting. The default behavior of the Home button is to load Chrome's New Tab page.

To specify a particular URL as your home page, click on the Change link.

The Home page dialog should now be displayed. First, click on the Open this page: radio button to activate that option. Next, enter the desired URL of your new home page. Finally, once you are satisfied with your new setting, click on the OK button.

On Startup Settings

Located directly above the Appearance section is On startup, containing the following three options each accompanied by a radio button.

  • Open the New Tab page: Loads the New Tab page when Chrome is launched, displaying a search bar along with thumbnail previews of your most frequently visited sites.
  • Continue where you left off: Restores the previous browsing session, when possible.
  • Open a specific page or set of pages: Loads a user-defined page or group of pages.