Set browser startup preferences

Do you start your day by checking your email or browsing a favourite website? If so, you should consider setting those sites as your startup pages. Startup pages open automatically every time you open the browser.

If you're having trouble blocking pop-ups, saving your homepage or setting your default search engine, then an unwanted programme may have taken over your settings. Check out troubleshooting steps to help resolve your issue or try resetting your browser settings.
  1. Click the Chrome menu icon on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings. If you're using a Chromebook, click Show advanced settings at the bottom of the page.
  3. In the "On startup" section, choose an option below:
    • Open a New Tab page: A New Tab page will open up when you first launch Chrome.
    • Continue where you left off: See pages that were open at the end of your last browsing session. Chrome will also restore your browsing data and session cookies. Session cookies are the information that websites can use to keep you logged into sites such as Gmail. This can save you time from logging into your favourite sites every time after you've restarted Chrome. However, it’s recommended that you log out of websites when you’re using a public or shared computer.

      If you’d like Chrome to reopen all your pages but discard session cookies and other site data, go to Settings > Show advanced settings > Content settings > Keep local data only until I quit my browser.

    • Open a specific page or set of pages: Click Set pages and enter the web addresses of the pages you want to see.

Next steps

You can access your favourite pages in other ways.

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