How to Change Your Homepage On The Mac (And Why You Might Need To)

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Adware is one of the issues faced by Apple and mac users lately. The reason behind it is that once you download something from web, it comes with a lot of problems and issues. Now, you can see these adware or malware in the form of unwanted emails, pop up windows appearing on your screen, malicious fake warnings and other such unpleasant stuff.

Thus, one of the best methods to get rid of the issue is to download an antivirus software that may prove helpful in dealing with the issue. But, with adware, your browser’s home page might be changed and affected, which you are required to fix manually. So, your motive now is to change the homepage on mac and get rid of the issue.

Change Your Homepage in Safari

For the Mac’s built-in browser, you’ll open the app, click on the “Safari” menu in the upper-left, and choose “Preferences.”

When that next window opens, click on the “General” tab at the top, and then you’ll see the place where you can type in what homepage you’d like.

To test the change, close your Safari window or quit the browser. Next, open a new Safari window. If you’ve configured Safari’s preferences to open new windows with your homepage, you’ll see it. If you don’t, you can always manually launch the homepage with the keyboard shortcut Shift-Command-H.

How Do I Change My Homepage on My Mac If It’s Greyed Out?

Now, even after trying the step mentioned above, if you are not able to get rid of the error, then the possible reason might be that your browser is infected with some serious malware that might not be good for your computer. Further, the homepage will not work and will often cause you a lot of problem. Now, to get rid of the this issue, you need to do the following-

First, open your System Preferences from the Apple icon in the menu bar:

Next, you should see a “Profiles” icon in System Preferences that isn’t normally there:

Select it and you should see a list of profiles on your Mac. If you’re the only owner of your Mac and have never added any profiles, then you can remove any that you see. Otherwise, you should use a little more discretion and only remove profiles that look like they shouldn’t be there. You can get rid of them by selecting them and pressing the minus button.

Once everything is done, you can now revisit your Safari preferences and change the homepage. For users who have a greyed out homepage error but don’t see the Profiles icon in System Preferences, you likely have a more problematic case of malware and should seek help from your local Apple store or repair shop.

Change Your Homepage in Google Chrome

As with Safari, to change your homepage in Chrome first open the app. Next, click on “Chrome” in the menu bar in the upper-left, and then choose “Preferences.” Instead of opening a Settings panel, like Safari, clicking “Preferences” will open up the Settings page in Chrome, like below:

This page allows you to tweak all of the settings for Google Chrome, so now may be a good time to review and adjust your settings. To change your homepage in Chrome, scroll all the way to the bottom of this page. There you will see the following:

“One start up is something that enables and controls which page is opened when you first launch chrome. You can either open a blank tab (selected in the above screenshot), open the last page you were visiting (option two), or open to a specific page. That last option, “Open a specific page or set of pages”, is where we’re going to set our homepage. If the option is not checked, then you need to do it first.

Once you do that, two new options will appear, “Add a new page” and “Use current pages”. Selecting the second option will use your current Google Chrome open tabs as your homepage, which you can choose if you like. In our case, we’re going to choose “Add a new page”.

This creates a new popup box asking you to input your desired homepage URL, as shown below:

You can add multiple pages if you like, which will look like as shown in the picture-

When you have multiple pages selected like this, Google Chrome will open all of them as separate tabs each time you launch. If you want to remove a site from your homepage startup settings, just click the three-dot menu to the right of that website and select “Remove”.

Change Your Homepage in Firefox

The process is quite similar to as done above in the case of Chrome and Safari with only a minor difference. Once Firefox is open, choose Firefox > Preferences from the menu bar at the top of the screen. Like Chrome, this will open a page in Firefox rather than a separate menu panel.

In the Firefox preferences, select Home from the column on the left:

By default, Firefox will launch on a page with custom suggestions based on your history, bookmarks, and most visited sites (Firefox Home). To change your homepage to a specific URL, click the “Homepage and new windows” dropdown menu and select “Custom URLs…”

You can copy and paste your desired URL, use the page you are currently on, or choose a homepage from one of your bookmarks. Unfortunately, you cannot set multiple pages as your homepage like you can in Google Chrome.

Conclusion

So, these are some of the ways by which you can change the homepage on the mac on various browsers that are listed above. You need to make sure to follow each and every step carefully so that you get the desired result without any issue or any trouble. Further, always follow the steps in sequence so that the result is not affected in any manner and you can easily change the homepage.