Google Chrome opens with a “New Tab” page by default, but it’s easy to open your browser with a custom homepage instead. You can also set the page that appears when you click any “Home” icon in the toolbar. This is how you do both.
To enable the home button and set your homepage in Chrome
By default, Google Chrome hides the traditional “Home”; button on the toolbar. If you want to activate the home button and define which website it points to – your “Home” – we need to open Settings.
First open “Chrome” and click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the window. Select “Settings” in the menu that appears.
On the “Settings” screen, navigate to the “Appearance” section, which also has a subsection called “Appearance.” Locate the switch labeled “Show Home Button” and turn it on. Select the blank text field just below it and enter or paste the address of the website you want to use as your home page.
After completing Settings, you’ll see a small icon that looks like a house on the Chrome toolbar. This is your “Home” button.
When you click the “Home” icon, Chrome will load the home site you just defined in Settings. Despite what you may think, this “homepage” is not the same as the page that appears when you open your browser. To set it, see below.
How to set up a custom homepage in Chrome
To change which page first appears when you open Chrome, you’ll need to change Chrome’s settings at startup. Here’s how.
First open “Chrome”. Click the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the window and then select “Settings”. In “Settings”, navigate to the “On startup” section.
In the “At startup” settings, select “Open a specific page or pages” with the radio button and then click “Add a new page.”
In the dialog that appears, enter (or paste) the address of the website that you want to open automatically when you start Chrome. Then click “Add”.
You will see the website you just added listed in Settings. If you like, you can also add additional pages that open each time you start Chrome with the “Add New Page” button.
When done, close Settings. The next time you start Chrome, the custom page (s) you just defined will appear. Have fun on the web!