Having Google Chrome open to a specific website can be a useful customization. This is called your start page. You can also set Chrome to go to a specific “home page” as well … this can be useful when you already have Chrome open but want to go to a specific website to search or perhaps access your mail.
One useful example: you might want to set Chrome’s start page to be www.google.com and your homepage to be www.gmail.com.
In our example, I’ll be setting both the home page and start page to both go to www.computer-notes.com … after all, who doesn’t want to learn some useful new tricks? 🙂
How to set the home page in Chrome
- Start Google Chrome
- Click on the “…” menu at the top right and choose “Settings”
- Scroll down until you see the “Appearance” section.
- Click the button to the right of “Show home button” … it will show blue as in the below image. You can also enter the specific website that you want to open. In this example, I’ve entered www.computer-notes.com
How to set the start page in Chrome
We will continue the above process after setting the home page …
… but if you’re starting from this point to change your start page you can open Google Chrome and click the “…” menu at the top right and choose “Settings” from the menu that comes up.
- Click on the “On Startup” link at the left side of the page.
- Choose the option for “Open a specific page or set of pages”
- Enter the website that you want to use when starting Chrome. In my example below, I’m using www.computer-notes.com. Click the blue “Add” button to save your entry.
- That’s it. You can now close down this window and re-open Google Chrome to test your new start page!