Set your homepage and start-up page

You can customise Google Chrome to open any page for the homepage or start-up page. These two pages aren’t the same unless you set them to be.  

  • Your start-up page is the one that shows when you first launch Chrome on your computer.
  • Your homepage is the one you go to when you click the Home button: Home button or Open the home page.

If your start-up page, homepage, or search engine has suddenly changed, then you may have unwanted software. Find out how to find and remove malware from your computer and get your settings back.

Set your start-up page

You can control what page or pages appear when you launch Chrome on your computer.

Have a new tab open

You can tell Chrome to open to a new tab page.

  1. Open Chrome on your computer.
  2. In the top-right corner, click the icon you see: Menu Chrome menu or More More.
  3. Click Settings. (If you're using a Chromebook, click "Show advanced settings" at the bottom of the page).
  4. Under "On startup," select Open the New Tab page.

By default, the new tab page shows Google's logo, a search bar and thumbnails of your most visited sites. You can choose a fun theme for your new tab page instead, though.

Continue where you left off

You can tell Chrome to re-open the same pages that you were looking at when you quit.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the top-right corner, click the icon you see: Menu Chrome menu or More More.
  3. Click Settings. (If you're using a Chromebook, click "Show advanced settings" at the bottom of the page).
  4. Under "On start-up", select Continue where you left off.

Your cookies and data are saved, so any websites that you were logged into before (like Gmail, for example) will open again. If you don't want to be automatically signed in to these pages, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the top-right corner, click the icon you see: Menu Chrome menu or More More.
  3. Click Settings. (If you're using a Chromebook, go to the next step).
  4. At the bottom of the page, click Show advanced settings.
  5. Under the section "Privacy", click Content settings.
  6. In the dialogue that appears, under the section "Cookies", choose Keep local data only until you exit your browser.
  7. Click Done.
Open a specific set of pages

You can tell Chrome to open to any web page.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the top-right corner, click the icon you see: Menu Chrome menu or More More.
  3. Click Settings. (If you're using a Chromebook, click "Show advanced settings" at the bottom of the page).
  4. Under "On start-up", click Open a specific page or set of pages.
  5. Click Set pages.
  6. Enter the web address of the page that you want to see when you open Chrome.
  7. Click OK.

Problems with your start-up or homepage

If you’re seeing a homepage or start-up page that you didn’t set yourself, your computer may have malware. Find out how to block unwanted changes to Chrome.

Using a Chromebook at work or school? Your network administrator may choose your start-up page(s) or homepage for you, in which case you won't be able to change them here. Find out about using a managed Chrome device.

Choose your homepage

You can control what page appears when you click in the top-left of your screen the Home button.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the top-right corner, click the icon you see: Menu Chrome menu or More More.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Under "Appearance", tick the box Show Home button.
  5. Below "Show Home button", click Change to choose your homepage.

The Home button will appear to the left of your address bar.

Megan is a Google Chrome expert and the author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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