How to Show the Home Button in Google Chrome

Customize your Chrome browser with the 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, some items are hidden 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.

Displaying the Home Button in Chrome

  1. Open the Chrome browser.

  2. Press the More menu, denoted by three dots located in the upper right corner of the browser window.

  3. Choose Settings in the drop-down menu. You can also enter chrome://settings in Chrome's address bar instead of choosing the menu option to open Chrome's Settings interface 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 next 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 Show home button to instruct the Home button 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 go to the Home screen.

Difference Between the Home Screen and the Startup Screen

If you opt to enter a URL for your Home screen, whenever you click the small house icon to the left of the address field, Chrome opens a tab with that URL.

If you opt to direct to a new blank tab, you'll see the Startup screen on the tab.

The Home screen is not the same as the Startup screen (unless you make them the same in the settings). The Startup screen is the one you see when you first launch Chrome. You can personalize it with Themes downloaded from the Chrome Web Store by clicking Themes in the same Appearance section where you opt to show the Home button.

How to Make the Startup Screen and Home Screen the Same

If you prefer that Chrome always opens on the specific URL that you entered for your Home screen, instead of the Startup screen:

  1. In the Settings > Appearance section, under On Startup, select the radio button next to Open a specific page or set of pages.

  2. Select one of the pages displayed, which may include your Home screen already, or choose Add a New Page and enter the URL of your Home screen.

The Startup screen and Home screen now both open on your specified URL.