How to change what your Chromebook opens on startup

The Chromebook computer boots up in record time with the average Chromebook being ready just seven seconds after turning it on. This is much quicker than what you would see on any other computer, which can take ages to load all the necessary software in order for the computer to run correctly.

However, you can get to your desired setup even quicker by choosing what your Chromebook opens on startup. Whether you want your Chrome browser to start off where you left off, open the Google search engine or a different web address. It’s easy to choose these settings on your Chromebook and we will have a look at how to do this now.

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How to change your startup setup options

Time needed: 3 minutes

Follow the instructions below to change your Chromebook settings on startup:

  1. Move the cursor to the bottom right hand corner of your Chromebook desktop

    Click on the menu as shown below
    how to change chromebook startup options

  2. Click on the settings tog

    The settings tog is on the top row of icons that are visible on the menu you can see below. It’s the second from the right.

    how to change the chromebook startup settings

  3. A new menu should now open. Click on the settings in the top right

    The settings menu is at the top left of the new menu that is showing, which should look similar to the one below.

    click on the settings menu to reach the chromebook startup options

  4. You should then choose On Start-up from the settings menu

    Find the on start-up option from the settings menu, which should look similar to the below. Left click on this with your touchpad.

    choose the startup option on the settings menu

  5. You will now be presented with the On Start-up options settings

    The menu now showing should look similar to the one showing below. You have three options to choose from.

    Open the New Tab page
    Choosing this option will open the Chrome Browser when you boot up your Chromebook.
    Continue where you left off
    This will open up all the Chrome Browser tabs that you had opened before shutting the Chromebook down. This means you can continue where you finished off.
    Open a specific page or set of pages
    This will allow you to request certain web pages to be opened on startup. See below for further details on how this works.

    chromebook on start up menu

  6. How to open a specific page or set of pages

    This option allows you to set a certain web page to open on startup. You can also request more than one web page to be opened. This is really useful if you regularly use certain web pages. You can see from below Google is set to open on startup.

  7. How to add further browser tabs to open on startup

    To set up further web addresses to open when starting up your Chromebook you can do this using the options shown below.

    You can see I have added a further page by clicking on ‘Add a new page’. You then simply enter the web address. You will see below I chose to open the BBC website.

    This now means when the Chromebook is booted up a Chrome browser will open. In the first tab, You will have the Google search engine. In the second tab, you would have the BBC website.

    You can add further pages if you wish. It’s important to note the tabs will open in order as they are displayed. So Google will open in the first tab and the BBC will open in the second tab. If you wanted to open the BBC first, you would need this to be at the top of the list. You can easily manage this by deleting and adding new pages.

    To delete or edit an entry click on the three small dots to the far right of each entry.

That’s it

You have now setup your Chromebook to open specific web pages when you boot up your Chromebook. This can be really useful if you visit certain web addresses on a regular basis.

If you have any comments or questions then please leave them below.

4 thoughts on “How to change what your Chromebook opens on startup”

  1. i kinda dont want any page or even chrome app to open i just want the desktop to open while i start what should i do

    • Everytime I open my Chromebook laptop it automatically turns on without me pressing the power button , how do I change it to where it don’t turn on without me pressing the power button. Please get back to me asap please and thank you very much!

  2. I’m not sure if there is such an option. I cannot see the benefit of having to press a button to power up the Chromebook when it can happen automatically by opening the lid. So it’s unlikely the Chrome OS team has added this functionality. Thanks

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