How to make Google your homepage in any web browser for easy access

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Making Google your homepage only takes a few clicks.

If you’re like most people, you probably find yourself Googling every question that comes to your mind: What’s the best recipe for lasagna? What does it mean if I wake up with a headache? Why does my dog keep staring into space and barking?

Google provides immediate answers to your weirdest queries, so it’s handy to have the search engine set as your homepage. Regardless of the web browser you’re using, making Google your homepage is a quick and simple process that will mean every time you launch your browser, you’ll immediately open Google.com.

Here’s how to do it in Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox.

How to make Google your homepage in Google Chrome

A version of Google Chrome will be set as your homepage by default when you install Google Chrome, but you’ll still need to take a few steps to get the full website.

1. Open Google Chrome and click on the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of the screen.

2. In the drop-down menu, click “Settings.”

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Open Google Chrome’s settings menu.

3. On the Settings page, scroll down to the “Appearance” section and look for the “Show home button” section. Ensure that this option is turned on.

4. Once the “Show home button” option is enabled, you’ll see a blank box below which says “Enter custom web address.” In the box, enter the Google homepage URL, “https://www.google.com.”

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Enable the Home button and change your homepage.

Close the Settings tab and voila! Google is now your homepage. Just click the home button in the top-left (it looks like a house) to get there.

How to make Google your homepage in Safari

1. In Safari, open the Preferences menu. If you’re on a PC, you’ll have to click the gear icon in the top-right corner of your browser, then click “Preferences;” on a Mac, click “Safari” in the menu bar in the top-left, then click “Preferences.”

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Safari will look and operate differently on Macs and PCs.

2. Under the “General” tab, look for the section marked “Homepage” with a URL listed next to it.

3. Remove the URL currently in the Homepage bar and replace it with “https://www.google.com.” Additionally, you can use the drop-down menus above this to change which page loads when you open a new tab or window.

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Make sure to enter the full URL.

4. Close the Preferences menu, which will launch an additional message asking you to confirm that you want to change your homepage. Click “Change homepage” to confirm, and you’re all set.

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You might be asked if you’d really like to change your homepage.

How to make Google your homepage in Microsoft Edge

1. Open Microsoft Edge and click the three horizontal dots icon in the top-right corner of the Edge screen.

2. Click the “Settings” option at the bottom of the drop-down menu.

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Like other browsers, you’ll need to open the settings menu.

3. After opening the Settings menu, click “Appearance” in the left sidebar.

4. Under “Customize toolbar,” enable “Show home button” by clicking the switch next to it.

5. Under this you’ll see two options: “New tab page” or a blank text field. Double-click the text field and type “https://www.google.com” into it, then click “Save.”

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You’ll need to both enable the Home button and enter the URL.

Now, when you click the house icon in the top toolbar, you’ll be brought to Google.

How to make Google your homepage in Firefox

1. Open Firefox and click the three stacked lines in the top-right corner of the screen, then select “Preferences.”

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Click the drop-down menu’s “Preferences” option.

2. In the left sidebar, click “Home.” This will open a page where you can set a new homepage.

3. Click on the box next to “Homepage and new windows” to reveal a dropdown menu. Scroll down and click on “Custom URLs.”

4. In the box that appears beneath “Custom URLs,” enter “https://www.google.com.”

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Open the “Home” section to find these options.

You can then close out this tab and proceed as normal – Google is now your Firefox homepage.

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How to turn on incognito mode on your computer and phone to browse the web privately

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Incognito mode is an essential part of any web browser.

  • Incognito mode, also known as private browsing mode, stops your web browser from saving data about you as you browse.
  • While incognito mode is on, your internet history, search history, autofill information, and cookies will be disabled.
  • Incognito mode is available in every major web browser, and is perfect for doing work that needs to be kept private.
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Incognito mode – also known as “private browsing mode” – is a sneakier way to use the internet.

When you browse the internet with incognito mode on, you won’t leave any trace on the device you’re using. Your browser won’t save your browsing or search engine history, and won’t remember what sites you’ve logged into – or even what your username and password is.

It’s great if you share your computer or phone with other people, since no one else will be able to see what you’ve done once you close the window.

Nonetheless, incognito mode is great for enforcing privacy on a busy or shared device. Here’s how to turn on incognito mode on your computer or phone.

How to activate incognito mode or private browsing on your Mac or PC

Incognito mode is a feature in every major browser, although each browser tends to give it a different name. When you activate a private session, a new window will open – this is your incognito window.

When you’re done, just close the window to exit incognito mode.

How to activate incognito mode or private browsing on your phone or tablet

The browser on your phone also comes with private browsing options. We’ll explain how to activate it using the default browsers for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices.

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