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How Do I Make Google My Homepage ?

Updated on October 23, 2014

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How to make Google my homepage

How do I make Google my homepage on Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, & Safari web browsers? Learn to make Google your homepage, or simply set or change your home page with step by step instructions & video - get started now!I use Google all the time for my various interests and research. I like having various internet browsers installed because of the ability to customize my experience with various extensions, add-ons, plug-ins and shortcuts (depending on if Im working on a web site, researching, or just having fun browsing or shopping). Whenever I install a new web browser on any internet device including my phone, the first thing I do is set the home page to Google to make my life easier. I sometimes have to go through this process several times when a malicious or presumptuous piece of software thinks that its okay to change my start up page or even worse, hijack my browser altogether making the task of changing it back much more difficult than it should be. As a result of my experience and I can share with you the easiest ways to get the job done.

Image credit: All photos used in this guide are original screenshots taken from various Internet browsers installed on my PC.

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Internet Explorer

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How to make Google your homepage

Click on "Tools" in the Menu Bar of Internet Explorer, from this drop down menu select "Internet Options".When the "Internet Options" window pops up, the general tab will be on the screen, the first section here titled "Home Page" has an editable box where you can enter the site of your choice. Type then click on "OK".

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Google chrome homepage or startup screen

Using your mouse, go to the "Customise and Control Google Chrome" icon (3 stacked horizontal bars) located in the top right corner of Chrome underneath the "close" X button.From this menu, click on settings and select the "Open a specific page or set of pages" option, then click on the "Set pages" link next to this option which will bring up the Startup pages menu. Enter in the "Add a new page" box then click on "OK".

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How to set google as homepage in Opera

Right click on a blank area of the main page / open page of the Safari web browser, from this menu select "Edit Site Preferences..." near the bottom of the list.When the "Site Preferences" window pops up, the general tab will be on the screen, the first section here titled "Site" has an editable box where you can enter the site of your choice.Type then click on "OK".

Apple Safari settings

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How to change homepage in Safari

Click on the "Display a menu of general Safari settings" icon (that looks like a gear) located in the top right corner of Apple Safari underneath the "close" X button.From this menu, click on "Preferences", this will bring up a window titled "General".Make certain the 4th line titled "New windows open with:" is set to "Homepage".In the 5th line titled "New tabs open with:" use the down arrow to select "Homepage" if you want all new tabs to have the same start up display as well.The 6th line has an editable box titled "Homepage:" Enter then click on the "x" in the upper right corner of this window to close.When the "Are you sure you want to change your homepage to Google Search" prompt pops up, click on "Change Homepage".

Mozilla Firefox browser

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Google as my homepage in Firefox

Click on "Tools" in the Menu Bar of Mozilla Firefox, from this drop down menu select "Options".When the "Options" window pops up, the general tab will be on the screen, the first section here titled "Startup" has a section titled "When Firefox starts", select "show my home page" if it hasn't been pre-selected.Below that section is an editable box titled "Home Page:" where you can enter the site of your choice. Type Enter hen click on "OK".

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Browser hijack : The likely problem when all else fails! - Browser hijacker removal

Browser hijacking is an unfortunate reality of the internet. How do you know that your browser has been hijacked? If the usual way to set or reset your homepage fails, then chances are you are a victim of browser hijacking.When this happens a good place to start is to disable / remove ad ons, plug-ins or extensions. This will usually stop the offending program. In some cases however this procedure may still be ineffective this is where malware /adware removal software will be your best option for both removal and future protection. These types of software are usually safer and a lot less complicated than for instance editing the registry manually.

There are many programs available to remove browser hijackers and other adware / malware for the novice and expert alike. One of the top rated programs available for this is Malwarebytes Antimalware PRO. It not only kills the hijackers but also provides real-time protection to avoid future attacks.

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      Jemjoseph 3 years ago

      Thanks SandyMertens, I also prefer to use the chrome browser for most tasks.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Good tips here. I do have Chrome as my home page. I do like it better.

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      Jemjoseph 3 years ago

      TonyPayne I also prefer to have the tabs restored to whatever page I was on when I left, since I always have more tabs open than I can deal with in one sitting and I often end up with unexpected computer restarts, crashes etc. When I do open a new window or tab however I'm always glad to see that old familiar google homepage.

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      Tony Payne 3 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Useful tips. At home I use Chrome most of the time, because I find it's not quite as laggy when I play video games, but at work I use Firefox, because the debugging using Firebug is superior to any of the other browsers.

      On both Chrome and Firefox though, although I do have a home page, when the browser opens I prefer to open with the tabs that I left open when I closed it. So for example, if I usually have Hubpages and Amazon open, those will re-open for me at the pages I previously had open, which is a real bonus.

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      Jemjoseph 3 years ago

      Thanks BrianRS, browser hijacking is the hardest to deal with, they seem to always find new ways to hijack browsers then we need to learn new skills or get updated software to deal with them.

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      Jemjoseph 3 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by mySuccess8

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      Brian Stephens 3 years ago from France

      Nothing is easy until you know how, even setting up your homepage, and with all the hijackers around it can get really difficult. Nice Hub.

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      mySuccess8 3 years ago

      Simply and clearly explained, thanks!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Would you believe I just had AOL take over my homepage on Firefox! It was most distressing and not easy to fix. The solution you have featured should have worked (it has always worked before), but AOL was rather evil this time. I had to take more extreme measures. I do know this is a real problem that needs easy solutions like you have listed.

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      vgopal 4 years ago