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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What is Global Privacy Control? How organizations are teaming up to prevent your personal data from being sold

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The Global Privacy Control feature is a setting in some browsers and plug-ins designed to protect you against websites selling your personal data.

  • The Global Privacy Control (GPC) feature is a setting in some browsers and plug-ins to tell websites not to sell your personal data.
  • GPC is found in a small number of browsers and plug-ins, and compliance is optional.
  • The GPC is being developed by a consortium of tech companies and publishers.
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The Global Privacy Control (GPC) is a technology initiative being spearheaded by a group of publishers and technology companies to create a global setting in web browsers that allows users to control their privacy online. This means you should be able to set the GPC control in your browser to prevent websites from selling your personal data.

Why the Global Privacy Control feature is important

In recent years, there has been increasing scrutiny on privacy rights online. In 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect, limiting the data websites can collect on EU citizens. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is a similar legislative measure that went into effect in California in 2020.

While there is enhanced interest in online privacy and some governments are taking steps to limit what websites can do with user data, there is no global way for users to opt-out of having their personal information sold or used in ways they don’t approve of. Every website that needs to comply with legal mandates – or simply implement more progressive privacy policies – must implement an opt-out mechanism on its own.

The GPC is built to inform websites not to sell user data. This is different from other privacy tools that might limit tracking but might still allow user data to be sold (or to sell that data itself).

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Some organizations offer the ability for users to opt-in to their privacy control feature.

When fully implemented, the GPC may allow you to opt-out of having your personal data sold by the websites you visit.

Status of the Global Privacy Control feature

Buoyed by these new laws, the GPC is intended to be a single, global setting users can activate in their web browser that signals to all websites the user’s intention about their data privacy.

Currently, the specification is being written by an informal consortium of more than a dozen organizations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the National Science Foundation, The New York Times, Mozilla, The Washington Post, and Consumer Reports.

The specification that will govern how the GPC will be implemented and behave is still in development, though in principle, it simply allows a website to read a value (such as Sec-GPC-field-value = “1”) to know that the user has chosen to opt-out of having their data sold.

A number of web browsers and browser extensions have implemented the GPC in its draft form. Moreover, adoption of the GPC privacy settings carries no legal weight. If you use a browser or extension with the GPC feature, at this time no websites are obligated to respect its setting – compliance with the GPC is voluntary.

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How to group tabs in Google Chrome and organize your web browsing

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You can group tabs in Google Chrome to more easily manage your web pages.

  • You can group tabs in Google Chrome under a common, color-coded group title, making it easier to find and manage web pages.
  • To create a group, right-click any tab and choose “Add tab to new group.”
  • To minimize a tab group, click the group title; click it again to expand it.
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If you tend to keep a lot of tabs open in your Chrome browser, you know the challenges of working with many websites at once: your tab bar is cluttered and it’s often hard to find a page you know is open – somewhere – in your browser. Organizing your tabs into groups can streamline your browsing experience and make web pages easier to find and organize. 

How to group tabs in Google Chrome

1. Right-click any tab in Chrome. In the dropdown menu, click “Add tab to new group.”

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You can create a tab group by selecting the option from the right-click menu.

2. A new group will appear. Type a name for the group and select a color. 

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Give your tab a name and choose a color to make it more distinctive.

3. There are several ways to add new tabs to the group. Use whichever method is most convenient:

  • Click an existing tab and drag it into the group – you’ll know it’s in the group when it is outlined in the same color as the group you’ve created. 
  • Right-click the tab group name and choose “New tab in group.” 
  • Right-click any tab in the current group and click “New tab to the right.”

After you create your first tab, if you right-click a new tab, you will have the option to add it to the existing group or to make a new group. There are only eight colors to choose from, but there’s no practical limit to how many tab groups you can create in Chrome. 

Once your group is created, you can minimize the group and move it around to better organize your web pages. 

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You can “hide” a group of tabs you don’t need until later.

To minimize the tabs, click the group title. All the tabs will “collapse” under the group title. This is a handy way to get a lot of related tabs out of the way while you are browsing. 

To move a group of tabs around, click the group title and drag it to the left or right – all the tabs will move with it. You can do this when the group is minimized or expanded. 

How to remove a tab from a group

If you want to remove a tab from a group, just click and drag the tab to the left or right. It’s out of the group when you see the colored outline disappear from the selected group. 

How to delete a group

If you want to close all the tabs in a group at once, right-click the group title and choose “Close group.” All the tabs will close right away.

If you simply want to eliminate the group title but keep the tabs open, right-click and choose “Ungroup.”

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Right-click a tab title to see additional options, such as ungrouping and closing the group.

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