How to Set Google as Your Homepage & Default Browser to Search From the Desktop

By Suzette Barnard

No matter which Web browser you prefer to use, you have the power to choose which webpage appears as your homepage -- the first page to appear when you start the browser -- and which search engine your browser uses by default. This allows you easy access to whatever pages and services you use most. For example, some people choose to use the search engine Google as their homepage and their default search engine.

Internet Explorer

Step 1

Navigate to the Google homepage.

Step 2

Move to Internet Explorer's menu bar and choose "Tools" and then "Options."

Step 3

Enter Google's Web address in the "Home Page" field or click "Use Current Page."

Step 4

Move your cursor to the search engine box in the upper right corner.

Step 5

Choose the arrow icon to get a list of available search engines.

Step 6

Choose Google and "Set As Default." If Google is not listed, choose the link titled "Find More Search Providers." You will be prompted to search for a provider. Type "Google" and choose the "Install" link.

Firefox

Step 1

Navigate to the Google homepage.

Step 2

Move to Firefox's menu bar and choose "Tools" and then "Options."

Step 3

Enter Google's Web address in the "Home Page" field or click "Use Current Page."

Step 4

Move your cursor to the search engine box in the upper right corner.

Step 5

Use the drop-down menu to the left of the search field to choose Google from the list of providers. It is a white, lowercase "g" on a multicolored background.

Safari

Step 1

Navigate to the Google homepage.

Step 2

Choose the "Safari" menu at the top of the browser, followed by "Preferences" and then "General."

Step 3

Enter Google's Web address in the "Home Page" field and hit "OK."

Step 4

Return to the "Preferences" menu and look for "Default Search Engine."

Step 5

Use the drop-down menu to choose Google.