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Traditionally, a homepage is the first website your browser loads when you start it. But by default, Safari on Mac opens up a window of Favorites instead. If you’d like Safari to start with a website of your choice, follow these simple steps.

First, open the Safari web browser by clicking its icon in the dock, by using Spotlight Search, or by selecting it from the macOS Applications folder. From there, navigate to the page you’d like to use as your home page. It can be any website you want.

Navigate to your desired home page

In the menu bar at the top of the screen, select Safari > Preferences.

Select Preferences in Safari

In Preferences > General, click the “Set to Current Page” button. This changes your home page to the current website Safari has open.

After clicking the button, the address in the “Homepage” field will change to the address of the current page.

Next, we’ll make it so you see your home page when you open Safari. In Preferences > General, click the drop-down menu beside the “New Windows Open With” listing.

Select New Windows Open With in Safari

In the drop-down menu, select the “Homepage” option.

Select Homepage from Drop Down List

If desired, you can repeat the same step with the “New Tabs Open With” option. In that case, every time you open a new tab, you’ll see your home page.

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Benj Edwards is a former Associate Editor for How-To Geek. Now, he is an AI and Machine Learning Reporter for Ars Technica. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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