How to Set Your Homepage to Your Favorite Website

Change the homepage to personalize your jumping-off point to the web

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All web browsers let you change the homepage to be whatever you want it to be. What this does is forces the browser to open a specific website each time you open the browser.

Setting the homepage to something particular is great if you find yourself always opening the same page anyway after you launch the web browser. For example, if you like to check the news every day when you get on your computer, set the homepage to be the news site so that it's the first thing you see each time you open the browser.

Or, maybe you want to have your homepage be your favorite search engine, your email client, a social media website, a free online games website, etc. No matter what you set it to, the homepage can be changed in all major browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc., but the steps are different for all of them.

How to Set Your Homepage in Chrome

Screenshot showing how to change the Chrome homepage

There are two ways to change what's considered the "homepage" in Chrome. Both methods are found in the Settings screen.

One way to use the Chrome homepage is to configure a page or set of pages that will open each time you launch Chrome.

  1. Click or tap the menu button at the top right of Chrome. It's the one with three horizontal dots.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Scroll down to the On startup section.
  4. Click the radio button next to Open a specific page or set of pages.
  5. Click Add a new page and then enter its URL, or choose Use current pages to automatically add all the URLs you have open in Chrome (you can remove any pages you don't want to use as homepages).

The other way to use Chrome's homepage option is to show the home button in the toolbar. When you click it, it will take you to the page you specify.

  1. Go to the Settings screen as described above, but this time scroll down to the Appearance section.
  2. Make sure Show home button is enabled.
  3. Just below that section, use the second bubble option to type the URL of the website you want to open when you click the home button.

How to Set Your Homepage in Safari

Screenshot showing how to change the homepage in Safari on a Mac

Whether you're on Windows or Mac, you can change the Safari homepage from the General preferences screen.

  1. Open Preferences... from the menu in Safari.
    1. Mac users should go to Safari > Preferences...
    2. Windows users need to open Edit > Preferences...
  2. Open the General tab at the top of that screen.
  3. Type a URL in the Homepage: text box to set the homepage in Safari.
    1. Tip: To have the homepage open when you launch new windows or tabs, change the New windows open with: option and/or New tabs open with: option to be Homepage.

Another way to quickly open the homepage in Safari is to choose Home from the History menu.

How to Set Your Homepage in Microsoft Edge

Screenshot showing how to set the Edge homepage

Like some browsers, Edge lets you pick two ways to use the homepage: as the page (or pages) that opens when Edge opens, and as a link that can be accessed with the home button.

To change the website(s) that opens when you launch Edge, open the Settings screen.

  1. Access the three-dotted menu at the upper-right corner of Edge, and choose Settings.
  2. Under the Open Microsoft Edge with option, choose A specific page or pages from the menu.
  3. Enter a URL into that box and click/tap the save button off to the right.
    1. After you save the first page, you can add additional tabs to be opened with Edge with the Add new page link.

Another way to change the homepage in Edge is to set the URL that's tied to the home button. The home button is located to the left of the navigation bar.

  1. Open Settings as described above and then scroll down and click/tap the View advanced settings button.
  2. Make sure Show the home button is toggled on, and then select A specific page from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click or tap the save button to the right of the URL box.

How to Set Your Homepage in Firefox

Screenshot showing how to change the Firefox homepage

Changing the Firefox homepage is possible through the Home tab of the preferences. 

  1. Use the menu at the top right of Firefox (the three-lined stack) to open Options.
  2. Click/tap Home on the left-hand side.
  3. Locate the Homepage and new windows settings on the right side of the page, under the New Windows and Tabs heading.
  4. From the drop-down menu, choose Custom URLs....
  5. There are three ways to set the homepage in Firefox:
    1. In the blank space, paste or type a URL.
    2. Grab one or more websites from the Use Current Pages button. This is how you can set multiple homepages in Firefox.
    3. Select a bookmark via the Use Bookmark... option.

How to Set Your Homepage in Internet Explorer

Screenshot showing how to change the Internet Explorer homepage

To change Internet Explorer's default home page to a website of your choosing, open the General tab of Internet Options.

  1. Select the menu button at the top right of Internet Explorer. It's the small icon that resembles a gear.
    1. You can also open this menu with the Alt+X keyboard shortcut.
  2. Select Internet options from the menu.
  3. Access the General tab.
  4. From the Home page section at the top, enter into the text box the URL you want to have as the IE homepage.
  5. Click or tap OK to save the changes.

How to Set Your Homepage in Opera

Screenshot showing how to set the homepage in Opera

Making your favorite website the homepage in Opera is really easy — just access the On startup setting to set the URL.

  1. Use the O icon at the upper left-hand corner of Opera to open the main menu.
  2. Choose Settings and then Browser.
  3. In the On startup section, select the Open a specific page or set of pages option, and then click/tap the Set pages link next to it.
  4. Enter the website's address into the text box to set it as the Opera homepage.
    1. To add other pages as the homepage so that all of them open each time Opera starts, click or tap just below the first URL to see a new text box, and then enter another page there.
  5. Click/tap OK to save the changes.