How to Make Google My Home Page on a PC or a Mac

If you usually go to the same page, like Google, every time you fire up your Web browser, you can save yourself a few keystrokes each morning by setting Google as your browser's home page. The process varies, depending on which browser you use. As of publication, if you use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, the instructions work the same on both Macs and Windows PCs.

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Changing a home page works the same on Macs and PCs.
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If you're wondering whatever happened to iGoogle, the customizable Google home page was discontinued in 2013.

Internet Explorer

Step

Go to Google.com using Internet Explorer.

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Go to Google.com in Internet Explorer.
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If you're outside of the United States, typing "Google.com" in the address bar may take you to your country's own Google domain --- like Google.ca in Canada, or Google.co.uk in the United Kingdom. A link in the bottom-right corner of the window lets you toggle between your country's domain and Google.com.

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Select "Internet Options" from the Menu.
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Click the "Menu" icon in the upper-right corner of the window. Select "Internet Options" from the drop-down window.

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Click the "Use Current" button.
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Click the "General" tab and then click the "Use Current" button. Click "Apply." Whenever you launch Internet Explorer, it will open Google's Search page automatically.

Safari

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Open Safari on any Mac computer and go to Google.com. Click the "Safari" menu and select "Preferences."

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Select "Preferences" from the Safari menu.
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Click "Set to Current Page."
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Click the "General" tab and then click the "Set to Current Page" button. Alternatively, you can type the URL in the Home Page text field.

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Click "Change Homepage."
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Click the "Change Homepage" button and then close the Preferences window. Whenever you open Safari, it will take you to Google.com, your new home page.

Chrome

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Open Google Chrome on your Mac or PC. Click the "Menu" icon in the upper-right corner and then click "Settings."

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Select "Settings" from the Menu button.
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Select "Open a Specific Page or Set of Pages."
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Click the "Open a Specific Page or Set of Pages" radio button. Once this option is selected, click the "Set Pages" link beside it.

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Click "Google.com" and click "OK."
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Select "Google.com" from the list of open pages and click "OK." Note that if you click the "Use Current Pages" button, then Chrome will open each of the pages listed whenever you launch the Web browser -- so don't select this if you want to open only Google.

Firefox

Step

Navigate to Google.com in Mozilla Firefox. The process for setting a home page in Firefox is the same for PC and Mac.

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Go to Google.com in Firefox.
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Select "Options" from the Menu.
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Click the "Menu" button in the upper-right corner of the Firefox window. Click the "Options" icon in the drop-down menu.

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Select "Use Current Page" as the new Firefox home page.
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Click the "General" tab and then select "Show My Home Page" from the When Firefox Starts menu. Click the "Use Current Page" button. Once you click "OK," Firefox opens Google whenever you launch the Web browser.