Set your start-up page and homepage

Your start-up page is the page that appears when you first launch Chrome. Your home page is the page that you go to when you click the Home button. The two pages are not the same unless you set them to be the same.

Note: If your start-up page, homepage or search engine has suddenly changed, then you may have malware. If you want to put Google back as your homepage, for example, you can restore your original Chrome settings.

Set your start-up page

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

Open the New Tab page

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

  1. In the top-right corner of your window, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu
  2. Select Settings. (If you're using a Chromebook, click "Show advanced settings" at the bottom of the page.)
  3. Under "On start-up," 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 you were looking at when you quit.

  1. In the top-right corner of your window, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu
  2. Select Settings. (If you're using a Chromebook, click "Show advanced settings" at the bottom of the page.)
  3. Under "On start-up," select Continue where you left off.

Your cookies and data are saved, so that any account you had open 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. In the top-right corner of your window, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu
  2. Select Settings. (If you're using a Chromebook, go to the next step.)
  3. At the bottom of the page, click Show advanced settings.
  4. Under the "Privacy" section, click the Content settings button.
  5. In the dialogue that appears, under the "Cookies" section, choose Keep local data only until you quit your browser.
  6. Click Done.
Open a specific page or set of pages

You can tell Chrome to open to any web page.

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

Mac users: If you restart your computer while using Chrome, you'll see a system message that says "Re-open windows when logging back in" with a tick box next to it. If it's ticked, Chrome will relaunch after your Mac restarts with the tabs that you had open during your previous browsing session.

Choose your home page

Your home page shows when you click the Home button, which you can add to your browser toolbar. Follow the steps below to add the Home button and choose a home page:

  1. In the top-right corner of your window, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Under "Appearance", tick the box Show Home button.
  4. Below "Show Home button", click the link Change to choose your home page.

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

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. Learn about using a managed Chrome device