How to Make Google My Home Page and Search Engine
By David Wayne
Using Google as your home page and default search engine can speed up your Web browsing by eliminating the need to find Google in alternative search engines. All Web browsers offer a convenient home page URL box in the Settings menu, so directing new browser windows to Google is as simple as copying and pasting “www.google.com” in the appropriate text field. If you're an Internet Explorer user, you must install a browser add-on through the Manage Add-Ons dialog to change your default search engine. Other browsers include Google Search in their Settings menus.
Open the main Google search page. To avoid saving multiple home page tabs, ensure that other open tabs are closed.
Click the “Gear” icon in the IE toolbar and choose “Internet Options.” In the Home Page section, click “Use Current” to set your home page to Google. Click “Apply” and “OK” to save your changes.
Install a browser add-on by clicking the “Gear” icon and choosing “Manage Add-Ons.” Since IE only comes with the Bing search engine by default, it's necessary to download a free Google search engine add-on for your browser.
Select “Search Providers” from the Add-On Types menu and click “Find More Search Providers.” The Internet Explorer Gallery opens in a new browser window.
Select “Google” from the Add-Ons menu and click “Add to Internet Explorer.” When prompted, select “Make This My Default Search Provider” and click “Add.” Restart Internet Explorer to commit the changes.
Open Google in a new browser tab or window.
Make Google your home page by clicking the “Google” icon in the address bar, dragging it to the toolbar and dropping it over the Home button. Click “Yes” when prompted to save your changes.
Set Google as your default search engine by clicking the down arrow in the toolbar Search box and selecting “Google”
Click the “Chrome” menu and choose “Settings.” In the Appearance section, select “Show Home Button” and click “Change” next to “New Tab Page.”
Select “Open This Page” in the Home Page dialog. Enter “https://www.google.com” (without quotes) in the text box. Click “OK.”
Set Google as your default search engine by clicking the drop-down menu in the Search section and choosing “Google.” Your changes are automatically saved, and you can exit the Settings menu by closing the browser tab.
- Syncronize Chrome settings across multiple devices from the Settings menu. Click “Advanced Sync Settings,” select the “Settings” option and click “OK.” Repeat this step for each device you want to sync. By default, your bookmarks also sync across your devices.
- Sync Firefox settings by clicking the “Menu” button, choosing “Sign In to Sync” and creating a new sync account. Firefox sends you a verification email, and you can confirm your request by clicking the link provided in the email. After verifying your account, click the “Menu” button, choose “Sign In to Sync” and select “Already Have an Account? Sign In.” Sync all your devices by following the same steps to sign in to your account from each device.
- Information in this article applies to Internet Explorer 11, Firefox 29 and Chrome 35. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions.
David Wayne has been writing since 2010, with technology columns appearing in several regional newspapers in Texas. Wayne graduated from the University of Houston in 2005, earning a Bachelor of Arts in communications.