How to Change Home Page and Startup Behavior in Windows

Set your home page in almost any browser

Most web browsers for Windows provide the option to designate any website as your home page. Here's how to change the home page and startup behavior for several popular Windows browsers.

Instructions in this article apply to Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge, and Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

How to Change the Google Chrome Home Page

In Google Chrome, you can choose one or multiple pages to launch at startup:

  1. Select the three dots in the upper-right corner of Chrome and choose Settings from the drop-down menu.

    Chrome with the Settings command highlighted
  2. Scroll down to the Appearance section and select the Show home button toggle to enable it (if it's not already enabled).

    The Show Home Button option in Chrome
  3. Select Enter custom web address and enter the URL for your desired home page.

    The Enter Custom Web Address option
  4. Alternatively, scroll down to the On startup section and select Open a specific page or set of pages to designate which pages you want to open when you open Chrome.

    Select Continue where you left off to restore the previous browsing session, loading all tabs and windows that were open the last time you used Chrome.

    The Open a specific page option in Chrome settings

How to Change the IE 11 Startup Page

The final version of Internet Explorer allows you to set a custom home page.

  1. Select the Settings gear in the upper-right corner of IE 11 and choose Internet options from the drop-down menu.

    Internet Options in Internet Explorer settings
  2. Go to the General tab and, in the Home Page section, enter the URL that you wish to set as your home page.

    To open multiple pages in separate tabs, enter each URL on a separate line.

    Creating multiple home pages in Internet Explorer
  3. In the Startup section, select Start with home page.

How to Change the Home Page for Microsoft Edge

The default browser for Windows 10, Microsoft Edge, makes it easy to control what page or pages load at startup.

  1. Select the three dots in the upper-right corner of Edge.

    The More menu in Edge
  2. Choose Settings from the drop-down menu.

    Settings in Edge
  3. In the Settings pane, select On startup.

    The On Startup section in Edge settings
  4. Select Open a specific page or pages, then select Add a new page.

    The Open a specific page option and "Add a new page" button
  5. Enter the URL for your desired home page, then select Add.

    Select New tab page under Settings to control what page Edge displays when a new tab is opened.

    Enter the URL for your desired home page, then select Add.

How to Change the Firefox Startup Page

Mozilla Firefox's startup behavior is controlled through the browser preferences.

  1. Select the hamburger menu in the upper-right corner of Firefox and choose Options from the drop-down menu.

    You can also enter about:preferences in the address bar to access the Firefox settings.

    Options in Firefox
  2. Go to the left pane and select Home.

    Home in Firefox settings
  3. Select the Homepage and new windows drop-down menu and choose Custom URLs.

    Scroll down to the Firefox Home Content section to customize the default Firefox home page.

    The Custom URLs option under Homepage and New Windows
  4. Type the URL for your desired home page. Changes are saved automatically, so you can close the Firefox settings.

    Type the URL for your desired home page.

How to Set the Home Page for the Opera Browser

Opera offers you the choice to display its Speed Dial interface or a page of your choosing each time the application starts up.

  1. Select the O in the upper-left corner of the browser, then choose Settings from the drop-down menu.

    You can also get to the Opera settings by using the keyboard shortcut Alt+P.

  2. Go to the left pane and select Basic.

    Basic in Opera settings
  3. Scroll down to the On startup section and select Open a specific page or set of pages.

    The Open a specific page option
  4. Select Add a new page.

    The Add a new page option
  5. Enter the desired URL, then select Add.

    Enter the desired URL, then select Add.