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Remember when all web browsers had a button that would redirect you back to a predetermined homepage? While Google prides itself on having a clutter-free interface, some people reminisce of the days when you could click a button and return to your homepage.

How to Show or Hide the Home Button

Google Chrome hides the “Home” button from its taskbar by default to provide people with a clean interface. However, some people miss having a button that instantly brings you back to a specific webpage with the click of a button. The button isn’t gone forever, just follow these steps to get it back.

Fire up Chrome, click the menu icon, and then click on “Settings.” Alternatively, you can typechrome://settings/ into the Omnibox to go directly there.

Click the menu button, then click Settings

Scroll down and under the Appearance heading, toggle “Show Home Button” on.

Scroll down to Appearance and toggle Show Home Button to the on position

As soon as you toggle the Home button, it appears sandwiched between the Omnibox and the Refresh/Stop button.

The Home button appears immediately after enabling it

The default setting will redirect you to the New Tab page, but clicking the + (plus) button to open a new tab already does that, which makes this a bit redundant.

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To get the most out of the Home button, you can set it to direct to your favorite website by typing it into the field provided when you toggle it on.

Enter the URL to a website you want to be your homepage

Now, whenever you click the Home button, you are redirected to a specific URL instead of seeing the New Tab page.

If you want to hide the Home button, head back to chrome://settings and toggle “Show Home Button” to the off position.

If you no longer want the Home button, toggle it to the off position

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