You may consider Google your primary search engine, but your laptop or smartphone may choose a different search engine to go. Some laptops automatically go to Bing or even Yahoo. It can be annoying and frustrating having to manually open Google every time you open your device.
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Our quick guide shows you how easy it is to change your device home page to Google search engine.
Here's how to set Google as the homepage in any browser
If your idea of a home page is more like "whatever the page that opens when you start Edge," this is the fastest way to set that up.
Step 1: Open an edge window and select More Actions (the dots in the top right corner of the screen), then Settings.
Step 2: On the Settings page, select On startup from the menu on the left. Then select Open a specific page or pages.
Step 3: Once you do that, another sub-menu will appear under this option. Select Add New Page from this menu and enter google.com in the dialog box that appears. Then choose Add.
Google Chrome should automatically take you to a search bar window and several of your favorite websites under normal circumstances, so many Chrome users might not even have to worry about this step. However, if you want to set up a more official home screen or check that everything is still working, here's what to do.
Step 1: Select the More Options icon (three vertical dots) in the upper right corner of the screen in your browser window. Then select Settings.
Step 2: Choose appearance. From the View menu, choose the Shift key next to Show Home.
Step 3: Enter google.com in the field provided when prompted for the URL of your chosen homepage.
Note: This option may not work if you are using Chrome on a tablet or phone that has slightly more limited setting options.
To make Google your homepage in Safari, according to Google's support website:
Step 1: Open Safari, select Safari in the top left corner of the screen, then choose Preferences. Select General here.
Step 2: Look for the heading "Homepage" with a space next to it. Then enter google.com.
Don't worry, Firefox is by far the easiest option. Open Firefox and go to the Google homepage with the search bar that you know and love. Then:
Step 1: Click and hold on the tab itself (the bumper that is usually where the title of the page is). Then drag that tab right onto the homepage button that Firefox uses in the system tray. It looks like a small house and it's hard to miss.
Step 2: This will bring up a brief notification asking if you really want to make this your homepage. Choose "Yes" and you are done.
Step 3: If you want to delete and replace current homepage options more directly, click the three line menu button and go to Options. From here, select the Home tab, find the New Windows and Tabs section and click the Restore Defaults button which should be nearby, clearing any previous choices.
Advanced option: specify a series of tabs to open
The Google homepage is nice, but somewhat limited in its usefulness. Chances are that you already know several websites that you want to visit when you open your browser. There are a variety of options you can use to set multiple of these pages to open the first time you launch your browser, saving you a lot of time.
We encourage you to set up these pages if this is a daily routine for you. You just have to find the right option. With Google Chrome, you can pick up where you left off. Firefox allows you to set multiple pages as your home page. With Mac computers, you can automatically open websites the first time you sign in to your computer. This can prove to be more useful than hitting the Google search bar over and over again.