How to Show the Home Button in Google Chrome

Customize your Chrome browser with the Home button

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How to Show the Home Button in Google Chrome. Getty Images (unizyne #518816466)

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. Adding the Home button to Chrome's toolbar is easy to do.

How to Show the Home Button

  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.
  1. When the drop-down menu appears, choose Settings. You can also enter the following text into Chrome's address bar in lieu of choosing the menu option: chrome://settings. Chrome's Settings interface should now be displayed in the active tab.
  2. Locate the Appearance section, which contains an option labeled Show Home button.
  3. To add the Home button to your Chrome toolbar, place a check in the box next to Show Home button by clicking on it once. To remove the Home button at a later time, simply remove the check mark. By default, the Home page is the same as the startup page.
  4. Click Change beneath the Show Home button to make the Home page direct to a new blank tab or to any URL you enter into the box provided.

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

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