Make Chrome Show a Home Page at Startup

A simple tweak is all it takes to make Google Chrome open the home page of your choosing.
Google's Chrome browser? Not a fan. Though it does seem faster than my beloved Firefox, there are several things I don't like about the interface.

For starters, when I start a browser I like to see a home page, not a bunch of thumbnails of recently viewed sites. But the latter is what Chrome gives me by default.

Fortunately, there's an easy way to remedy that, to make Chrome show a standard home page every time it starts. Here's how:

1. Start Chrome, and then click Tools, Options. (The Tools button is represented by a little wrench. Does Google have something against text?)

2. In the Basics tab, look in the Home section and enable Open this page.

3. In the accompanying field, type the URL of the page you want Chrome to load on startup. (Say, pcworld.com is a mighty fine place to land, don't you think? I'm just saying.)

4. While you're here, click the checkbox for Show Home button on the toolbar. (Which this isn't enabled by default is beyond me.)

5. Click Close and then restart Chrome. Presto! Now you've got a home page the way nature intended.

What do you think? Do you like Chrome's startup thumbnails, or will you use this information to make the browser work like, well, most other browsers?

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