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Show Hidden Home Button in Google Chrome For Windows

Normally a “Home” button is not necessary in Google Chrome. You can search Google right from Chrome’s Omnibar. However, some users still need this home button for their everyday use. For instance, if he or she likes to have other search engines like Bing as home page and at times, he or she want to bounce back to the home Bing page to start a new search need this button.

Here is how to enable the hidden home button as well set a desired search engine or webpage as home page in Google Chrome for Windows. Adding the Home button back to Chrome's toolbar can be easily achieved, just follow as given below.

Open Chrome browser, click menu button and then click Settings option or just type chrome://settings in the address bar and hit enter.

In settings page, scroll down and under “Appearance” check the box against “Show Home button”. That’s it!

And now, if you want to set a search engine (Google, Bing or any other) or a webpage as your home page, just follow as given below.

On Settings page, under “Appearance” click “Change” option shown against “New Tab Page”. This will open a popup window.

Enable the option “Open this page” and enter a search engine URL (for instance, or any webpage URL. Then click OK to save the settings. Thjt’s it!


  1. Hidden? Isn't that taking things a littel too far? There's nothing "hidden" about it. Right there, in the very first checkmark under "Settings" -- right where your article said it was -- is how to turn it on. How, then, is that "hidden"?

    And one needn't have anything as complicated as an interest in alternative search engines to want the HOME button showing. Many people -- like me, for example -- have a local, on-the-computer homepage, or specify about:blank as the home page, so that the browser won't either hang or return an error message, or both, whenever/if-ever it's launched when there's no Internet connection; or if one simply needs to make the page open in the tab one which contains no scripting.

    I think the problem is with the article's use of the word "hidden," which implies something sinister. It's not a "hidden" HOME button. Rather, it's a deactivated-by-default one.

    It's the kind of mistake that someone for whom English is a second language tends to make.

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot c om

    1. You're right, but I know some people unaware of this!


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