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How to set a homepage in Google Chrome

How to set a homepage in Google Chrome
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Learning how to set a homepage in Google Chrome is simple, but extremely worthwhile. Doing so allows you quick access to the website you most frequently visit. This could be your preferred news outlet, a favorite social media site or an important site you need to access first thing for work.

Whatever website you decide to select as your homepage, Google Chrome makes the process very straightforward. Once you’ve set up a homepage an icon will appear within your browser, and clicking it will instantly take you to whatever page you’ve opted for in Settings. 

The only frustrating thing about this functionality is that your homepage will always open in your currently selected tab, rather than appearing in a fresh one. So don’t click the homepage button while you’re still actively browsing or working in a tab. Of course, while this is rather irritating it doesn’t prevent the homepage feature from being useful overall. 

Below you’ll find clearly outlined steps guiding you through the process of setting up a homepage on Google Chrome. Once you've selected your homepage, changing it to an alternative website can be done by merely performing the steps over again. 

We've also included instructions for setting multiple homepages in Chrome, if you like to start your browsing sessions by visiting more than one site.

How to set a homepage in Google Chrome

1. Open a fresh Chrome window, and then you can get into the process of setting up a homepage in the browser.  

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2. Click the three-dot button in the top right corner of the Chrome browser window and choose Settings from the menu that opens. 

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3. Chrome's Settings page will now open in a separate tab. On the right, you will see a collection of subcategories. Select Appearance in this list.  

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4. Now that you’re in the Appearance menu in Settings, you need to actually enable the homepage button to appear in your browser. Do this by selecting the "Show Home button" toggle. 

You’ll know when it’s activated as the toggle will turn blue. 

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5. Now that you’ve turned the homepage functionality on, you can opt for whatever homepage you desire. 

If you just want your homepage to be a fresh tab, showing the Google search box and shortcuts to your most frequently visited sites, then select the New Tab page option. 

Under this, you’ll find an empty box where you can put any website you want as your homepage. Just type in its URL. 

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With that, your Google Chrome homepage is now set up. Any time you want to quickly access it, just click the "Open the homepage" button, which is located to the left of the address bar and looks like a house. It couldn’t be simpler. 

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How to set multiple homepages in Google Chrome

1. Open Chrome tabs for all the web pages that you want to set as your homepages. Make sure you close any tabs for pages that you don't want to include. 

2. Click the Chrome menu button and choose Settings, as described in the previous section. Now select "On start-up" in the list of options on the left. 

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3. Choose the option "Open a specific page or set of pages." Then click "Use current pages" to open all the pages you currently have displayed in Chrome tabs each time you start the browser.

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4. Alternatively, click "Add a new page" and either type the URL of a web page you want to set as a homepage, or copy and paste its web address into the box.

Repeat this for as many homepages as you want to add. Restart Chrome and all your favorite web pages will open automatically in new tabs. 

Rory is a staff writer at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics including tech news, deals, gaming, streaming and more. When he’s not writing hot takes on the latest gaming hardware and streaming shows, he can be found watching a borderline unhealthy amount of movies and being thoroughly disappointed by his terrible football team.