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Set your homepage and startup page

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

  • Your startup 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 Home Open the home page.

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

Set your startup 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.
  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 you were looking at when you quit.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click 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 Continue where you left off.

Your cookies and data are saved, so any websites 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.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. At the bottom of the page, click Show advanced settings.
  5. Under the section "Privacy," click Content settings.
  6. In the dialog that appears, under the section "Cookies," choose Keep local data only until you quit your browser.
  7. Click Done.

Note: If you're on a Chromebook, your tabs won't restore when you close and reopen the Chrome browser. To continue where you left off, restart your Chromebook.

Open a specific set of pages

You can tell Chrome to open to any webpage.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click 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," click Open a specific page or set of pages.
  5. Click Set pages.
  6. Enter the web address of the page you want to see when you open Chrome.
  7. Click OK.

Problems with your startup or homepage

If you’re seeing a homepage or startup page that you didn’t set yourself, your computer may have malware. Learn how to block unwanted changes to Chrome.

Using a Chromebook at work or school? Your network administrator may choose your startup 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.

Choose your homepage

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

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Under "Appearance," check 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.

Chrome's settings, your way

Learn how to customize Chrome and change your Chrome settings.

Casey is a Chromebook expert and author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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