Chrome is the popular browser from Google packed with lot of top-notch features. These features are typically hidden inside the Chrome browser and won’t show up until you turn them on. Among all really cool features, one of them is you can customize the startup page in Chrome. You can play with this feature and make it what you like and what suits your needs.
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How to Customize Chrome Startup Page?
The startup options in Chrome can be customized under the settings page. Go to Chrome’s settings page by typing command URL “chrome://settings” in address bar and hit enter.
In the “On Startup” section, you’ll see the following options:
- Open the New Tab page
- Continue where you left off
- Open a specific page or set of pages
Let us discuss each option.
Open the New Tab Page
When you first time installs Google Chrome browser on your PC, this will be the default option for startup. This is nothing but a New Tab page showing Google search bar and thumbnails of the recently visited sites by you. Basically, this means that Chrome won’t do anything for you on startup unless you want it to do.
Remember “about:blank” page is different than the “New Tab” page. The “about:blank” page will show a plain empty blank page while New Tab page will show the search box and thumbnails of sites from your history.
Continue Where You Left Off
This option allows you to open previous tabs as it is when you exit last time. For example, you have 4 tabs open in Chrome browser and directly closed the browser. The next time when you open the browser, it will open all those 4 tabs. This way you can always close the browser and reopen the tabs you have opened previously.
Open Multiple Pages at Startup
In certain cases, you may want to open any specific webpage or bunch of pages at the startup. For this, you can use “Open a specific page or set of pages” feature. When you select this, Chrome will show you two sub options. Either you can “Add a new page” or you can “Use current pages” to open in startup.
If you want all the currently opened pages to open at startup then select “Use current pages” option. You’ll see all the currently opened pages will be added and they will be opened when you start the Chrome next time.
Open Specific Page at Startup
If you choose the first option “Add a new page”, It will prompt you a box which asks you to add site URL. Type a URL in it and click on “Add” button.
This URL will be opened when you start Chrome next time. You can simply add “about:blank” as URL to open a blank page at startup.
Whether you have added single or all current pages, you can still add further pages by clicking “Add a new page” option. It’s totally up to you how many pages you would like to see in Chrome startup. Also you can remove or edit the added URL anytime by clicking on the three dots button showing against that URL.
Points to Remember
Remember the below points when using Chrome:
- New Tab, Home page, new windows are different in Chrome. Chrome by default opens a New Tab page.
- You can still set a different Home page in Chrome by going to settings. Under “Appearance” section, enable to “Show home button” option and then enter the website URL as shown below.
- A blank and New Tab page are different. Chrome doesn’t use a blank page (about:blank) but you can still add a blank page to show as a New Tab page.
- There are no limits to show in startup but we recommend to restrict few pages to avoid Chrome using more system resources.
In this article, we have learned about how to customize Chrome startup page. Make sure, you set the URL’s according to your preferences otherwise it becomes annoying sometimes. So, add correct URL’s which you like to visit most of the times.
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