How to Use the Internet Options on Google Chrome

By LaDonna Hadley

Use the Google Chrome browser settings to optimize your Internet experience by customizing appearance and actions.

You can customize your Internet experience on Google Chrome by setting up options through the Settings menu. Learn how to sign in to Chrome, sync your browsing history, set up your Start page and set a theme.

Signing In

To access your settings, click the Menu icon and then Settings from the drop-down menu.

On the Settings page, the first option is to Sign In. Signing in with your Google account allows you to sync your bookmarks, apps, extensions and history with other devices you use with your Google account. It also allows you to access your Gmail, shop on Google Drive and use Google Docs without signing in to each one individually.

To sign in, click Sign in to Chrome. In the pop-up window, enter your email and password and click Sign In. If you don't have a Google account, click Create an Account and enter the information to start an account.

Sign in with a Google Account

Tip

The Sign In pop-up window may look different after the first time you sign in or if you have multiple users on the same computer.

Alternate Google Sign In Box

Setting Startup Pages

The startup page is the first page or set of pages displayed each time you open Chrome. To customize your startup page, choose one of the three options in the On Startup menu. Open the New Tab Page opens a tab with your search engine. Continue Where You Left Off opens the last page you visited. To choose a different page or set of pages, click the button next to Open a Specific Page or Set of Pages and then click Set Pages. In the pop-up window, type the URL of the page you want, or open the pages you want in separate tabs and then select Use Current Pages. To finish, click OK.

Choose Your Startup Page

One Page or a Set

Tip

When you press Enter after typing the URL, another field opens to add a new page. If you only want one page, leave the second field blank and click OK. If you want a set of pages, enter the URL in each field until you have entered all the ones you want, then click OK.

Getting a Theme

A theme is a photo, artwork or other image that fills the background of your browser. To choose a theme, select Get Theme under Appearance.

Open Chrome Web Store

A new tab opens for the Chrome Web Store. You can use the search bar, select a category or browse by rating. Many themes are free, but if there is a charge, the price shows in the details with the rating. Select a theme you like by clicking anywhere on the theme.

Theme Options

A pop-up shows a preview of the theme, the description and other details. Click Add to Chrome to get the theme.

Theme Preview Page

Choosing a Search Engine

The default search engine for Chrome is Google, but you can choose a different search engine. Under Search, click the arrow and select Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask or AOL from the drop-down menu. To choose a search engine not listed, select Manage Search Engines and enter the Web address of the desired search engine.

Search Engine Options

Tip

The Search option also allows you to enable a voice search. Check the Enable "Go Google" box to use the voice search feature.

Adding People

If you share a computer with others, you can add other users to Chrome so that their settings stay separate from your own. You can also protect your computer and manage how others use Chrome by allowing or blocking websites, adjusting their settings and reviewing their browsing history. Select Add Person, choose a picture, enter the user's name and click Add.

Add More Users

Warning

Adding a person in Settings doesn't open a Google account or sign that person in to Chrome; it only gives them a user profile in your Chrome browser.

Tip

To remove a person you've added, select Remove and choose the person to delete from Chrome.

Personalize Additional Users

Making Chrome Your Default Browser

A default browser is the browser your computer uses when you click a link in an email or when you open a link from a document or app. To make Chrome your default browser, select Make Google Chrome the Default Browser.

Choosing Chrome as Default