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Ask.com is my default home page or search engine in Google Chrome. How do I change it?

First make sure you don't have the Ask Toolbar installed, as it may cause the homepage to revert to Ask. This toolbar would be in your Chrome Extensions page. Click the three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of your browser, then click Settings. In the Settings page, click Extensions on the left hand side, then look through your list of extensions for any toolbars made by Ask and remove them. You may still need to change your homepage once you have removed those programs, which you can do by following the instructions below. If you do not have any toolbars in your Extensions page, continue on the the instructions below to change your homepage.

First, click on the tools menu from the button with three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of the the Google Chrome browser, and then click on "Settings" from the drop down menu. 


 

Then, in the Settings window, look at the section titled "On Startup." In this section, you can choose to have your homepage open to a 'new tabs' page (if you'd like to see Google's default page with its shortcut links) by selecting the option "Open the New Tab page" as shown below.

 

Then close your Chrome browser windows, and reopen it. You should see your Chrome startup page now!

If there is a specific web page that you would like to see when you open Chrome (such as Yahoo.com), you can select the "Open a specific set of pages" option. Then click "Set pages" and type your desired homepage (for example, www.yahoo.com) into that box, and click OK.

 

That's it for your default homepage settings! After making the change to your default homepage, you'll need to open a new Chrome window to see the change. Changing your homepage setting doesn't retroactively affect pages you already had open prior to making the change.

If these steps don't work for you, please check out this article:

Why can't I remove the Ask default homepage from my browser?

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  • Topic #: 30015-134
  • Date Created: 3/29/2013
  • Last Modified Since: 7/21/2014
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