Google Chrome web browserGoogle'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. Here's how to fix one of the most common complaints.

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, is a nice place to land, don't you think? I'm just saying.)
  4. While you're here, click the tickbox for Show Home button on the toolbar. (Why 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.

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