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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 that you go to when you click Home Open the home page.

If your start-up page, homepage or search engine has suddenly changed, you may have unwanted software. Learn 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. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top-right, click More More and then Settings.
  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 that you were looking at when you quit.

On a computer

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top-right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. 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. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top-right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. Under 'Privacy and security', click Content settings.
  5. Click Cookies.
  6. Turn on Keep local data only until you quit your browser.

On a Chromebook: To reopen your pages, press Ctrl + Shift + T.

Open a specific set of pages

You can tell Chrome to open to any web page.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top-right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. Under 'On start-up', select Open a specific page or set of pages.
    • Click Add a new page. Enter the web address and click Done.
    • Click Use current pages.

To update your pages, to the right of a page, click More More and then Edit or Delete.

Problems with your start-up or homepage

If you’re on a computer (not a Chromebook) and you're seeing a homepage or start-up page that you didn’t set yourself, your computer may have malware. Learn how to block unwanted changes to Chrome.

If you're on a Chromebook at work or school, your network administrator can choose your start-up page(s) or homepage for you. If so, you won't be able to change them. For more help, ask your administrator.

Choose your homepage

You can control what page appears when you click Home Open the home page.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top-right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. Under 'Appearance', turn on Show Home button.
  4. Below 'Show Home button', choose to use the New Tab page or a custom page

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

Chrome's settings, your way

Learn how to customise Chrome and change your Chrome settings.

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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