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How to Add the Home Button to Google Chrome

Chrome lacks a Home button to quickly return to your favorite websites by default, but you can enable it in the Settings menu. This guide will explain how.

A common Google Chrome complaint among users who remember using Internet Explorer is that it doesn’t feature a Home button like other browsers.

That isn’t quite accurate, however. Google Chrome does have a Home button—it just isn’t shown by default. If you want to quickly add a Home button to Chrome, you can follow our steps below.

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How to Show the Home Button in Google Chrome

All modern browsers use tabbed browsing—each new tab is an open website. When you activate Chrome’s Home button, the button will open a new tab, rather than reload the tab you’re currently using.

You can quickly enable the Home button in Google Chrome to do this using the Settings menu.

To enable the Home button in Chrome:

  1. In Chrome, click the More Options button in the top-right.
  2. From the menu, press Settings.
  3. google-chrome-settings-show-home-button In Settings, click the Show home button slider in the Appearance section.
    select toggle to show home button in chrome
  4. By default, a new Tab page will open to the Google website. If you want to customize where the Home button takes you, fill in the address URL.

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Enabling a Custom Home Button Using Chrome Extensions

You can also use a third-party Chrome extension to customize the behavior of the Home button. Other Chrome extensions use a custom Home button to activate other behaviors.

For example, the Tab Home extension inserts a custom icon that allows you to switch back to the first page in an open tab. If you’ve set up Chrome to open up websites automatically, you can use this to quickly return to a tab’s first page if you navigate a website.

To enable a custom Home button in Chrome:

  1. Open your Chrome web browser.
  2. In Chrome, open the Tab Home page on the Chrome Web Store.
  3. Press Add to Chrome to install the extension.
    Installing a Google Chrome extension
  4. Press the Extensions icon (top-right) and select the pin icon next to Tab Home.
  5. Once pinned, right-click the Tab Home icon in the top-right to return to the first opened page in your active tab.
    Tab Home extension icon in Google Chrome

If Tab Home doesn’t work for you, you can search the Chrome Web Store for other Chrome extensions that may work for you instead.

Customizing Google Chrome

Using the steps above, you can quickly show the Home button in Chrome or set up a custom Home button using a third-party extension. If this isn’t a good option, you can set up keyboard shortcuts to open Chrome bookmarks to quickly access your favorite websites.

You can customize Chrome further by setting it up to remember tabs when you exit or by setting up a custom search engine.

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