How to Show the Home Button in Google Chrome

Customize your Chrome browser with the Home button

Chrome home button
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The developers of Google Chrome pride themselves on having a sleek browser interface, mostly free of clutter. While this is certainly true, there are some hidden items that many regular users want to see. One of these is the browser's Home button, which is not shown by default. If you prefer to display the Home button in Chrome's toolbar, it is easy to do.

How to Show the Home Button in Chrome

  1. Open your Chrome browser.
  2. Click on the main menu button, denoted by three dots located in the upper right corner of the browser window.
  3. When the drop-down menu appears, choose Settings. You can also enter chrome://settings in Chrome's address bar in lieu of choosing the menu option. Chrome's Settings interface should now be displayed in the active tab.
  4. Locate the Appearance section, which contains an option labeled "Show home button."
  5. To add the Home button to your Chrome toolbar, click Show home button to toggle the slider nest to it to the on position. To remove the Home button at a later time, click Show home button again to toggle the slider to the off position. 
  6. Click one of the two radio buttons beneath the Show home button to instruct the Home page to direct to a new blank tab or to any URL you enter in the field provided.

This process places a small house icon just to the left of the address field. Click on the icon at any time to return to the Home screen.