How To Set Browser Home Page


Many users find themselves with the starting page for the browser they are using changed by some unknown source. Some have just left the defaults that came with the browser and have to manually open their favorite website each time they open the browser.

When you open a browser, the first website you see shows your home screen in the first tab (left tab). If you had set it to show more than one website, the others will be in the additional tabs to the right. When you click to open a new tab, that tab will open to the website you assigned. 

There is an easy way to set the default home page in each of the browsers. Let’s see how to do that in some popular browsers.

Firefox

firefox-menu-button

Click the menu button in the upper right corner (the three lines)


firefox-homepage-options

Select Options and then Home.

Under Home page and…, set the Home page to whatever site you want to see when you start up Firefox. My choice is www.google.com, yours might be www.msn.com  or something else.

firefox-newtabs-options

Set New tabs to either a Blank Page or to the Firefox home page.

When you have set up your preferences, close Firefox and reopen it to see the results.


Brave

Menu button (red circle in upper right) > Settings > scroll to bottom.

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Click the Open a specific… radio button and then click Add a new page.

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Enter the URL of the page you would like to set as home, then click Add.

chrome-new-tab-page

Scroll up to locate the Appearance section. Be sure the Show home button switch is on and then click the radio button to set the New Tab page.


When you have set up your preferences, close Brave and reopen it to see the results.

Google Chrome

Click menu (three dots in upper right) > Settings.

chrome-add-a-new-page

Scroll down and locate On startup.

Click the Open a specific… radio button and then click Add a new page.


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Enter the URL of the page you would like to set as home, then click Add.

chrome-new-tab-page

Scroll up to locate the Appearance section. Be sure the Show home button switch is on and then click the radio button to set the New Tab page.

When you have set up your preferences, close Chrome and reopen it to see the results.

Edge

Click menu (three dots in upper right) > Settings


edge-customize

Scroll down to Customize.

Under Open Microsoft… pull down the arrow and choose A Specific page…

Type the website URL you want to have as your home page, then click the save icon.

Pull down the Open new tabs… arrow and select A blank page.

Close Edge and reopen it to see the changes.

Summary

It is easy to make the opening or home page whatever website you want to see when you open the browser. The process is similar in all the browsers as you saw in the above examples. Hopefully, this has helped you clean up your browser startup so you can have the starting page always open the page you want to see first.

Dick

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Dick Evans

Dick Evans has been in the tech industry for more than fifty years. Beginning his career in the '60s on IBM mainframes, he has been a Programmer, a Data Processing Manager (now called Information Systems Manager), a Consultant, an Assistant Professor, and a Writer. He has been published in a number of computer publications and has spoken at conferences here in the US and abroad. He is currently retired from the faculty at Rhode Island College and consulting/writing part-time, holding teaching seminars, and maintaining a number of Web sites. He maintains a blog with technical “stuff” and has a Web site at rwevans.com.

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