Google Chrome – Home Button & Bookmarks Bar (IT Training Tip)

In the Google Chrome Web Browser, there are a couple of features that are not initially available as part of the standard browser setup. These features are the Home Button and the Bookmarks Bar.

The Home Button provides a quick and easy way to return to your browser’s default home page, which for many is The QuadThe Quad surfaces many frequently utilized Bates web resources for the Bates College community.

The Bookmarks Bar conveniently displays the frequently accessed web pages that you have bookmarked to the Bookmark bar. Rather than having to navigate through a series of menus to access your Google Chrome bookmarks, the Bookmarks bar is displayed under the address/navigation bar for quick and easy access to your bookmarks.

Enabling the Google Chrome Home Button:

  • Launch your Google Chrome web browser
  • Click on the Settings icon, located on the top right of your browser window and is represented by either three dots or three horizontal lines (known as the Hamburger Menu)
  • From the drop-down menu, click on Settings
    • This will open the Settings tab in your browser

  • Scroll down to the Appearance section
  • Click in the Show home button section (Disabled)
    • This will enable the Home button that will be displayed between your Refresh button and your Address/Navigation bar and will look like the outline of a house

  • Close the Settings tab to save your changes

Tip: Once you enable the Home button, the Show home button section will expand with some additional options. From the expanded section, you can choose to open a New Tab page or you can specify a different web page to open when clicking on the Home button. 

Enabling the Google Chrome Bookmarks Bar:

  • Launch your Google Chrome web browser
  • Click on the Settings icon, located on the top right of your browser window and is represented by either three dots or three horizontal lines (known as the Hamburger Menu)
  • From the drop-down menu, click on Settings
    • This will open the Settings tab in your browser

  • Scroll down to the Appearance section
  • Click in the Show bookmarks bar section
    • This will enable the Bookmarks bar that will be displayed below your Address/Navigation bar

  • Close the Settings tab to save your changes

Bonus: In Google Chrome you can also specify which pages to automatically open when you launch the browser. If there are websites that you often visit, such as The Quad, this is where you can specify which websites automatically open for you. 

Setting your Default Websites when Launching Google Chrome:

  • Launch your Google Chrome web browser
  • Open/visit the websites you would like to have automatically opened for you. If there are multiple websites you would like to open, open a new tab for each
  • Click on the Settings icon, located on the top right of your browser window and is represented by either three dots or three horizontal lines (known as the Hamburger Menu)
  • From the drop-down menu, click on Settings
    • This will open the Settings tab in your browser

  • Scroll down to the On startup section
  • Place a dot in the radio button located next to Open a specific page or set of pages
  • At the bottom of the section, you will see an option to Use current pagesclick on that link
  • Close the Settings tab to save your changes
  • Close and restart your Google Chrome web browser and the pages you defined in the On startupsection will automatically load for you

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