1. Home button
Tree dots / Settings / Appearance / Home button
2. Pin to taskbar (Windows 10)
You can pin the regular shortcut to the taskbar. You can NOT pin a shortcut, that you created by dragging the URL to the desktop, to the taskbar.
No idea why 🙄
It works, however, by taking the longer route.
- Three dots / More Tools / Create Shortcut
- Change the name
- Find the new shortcut on your desktop
- RMB it and change the icon, if you want
- Now drag it to the taskbar, and it works
3. Default page on new tab
You can set the default homepage to load on pressing the home button:
Three dots / Settings / Appearance / Show home button
You can set the default page which loads when Chrome starts:
Three dots / Settings / On startup
But you can not set the default page when opening a new tab. Weird... But you can change that by adding the extension New Tab Changer.
- Three dots / More tools / Extensions
- Search for New Tab Changer
- Set default page
Another click saved. On each new tab button (clicking '+') it loads your preferred homepage.
4. Custom homepage
This is actually the more involved one, because a. you need HTML knowledge or an HTML editor, and b. you need to place that HTML file somewhere.
If you already have a website, then you probably know how to access it, and place a file or page there. The advantage of that is that you can point the browser on your smartphone or on another computer to that same URL, and you have your most often used links immediately available, wherever you are.
Of course, you can also place the file on your PC.
My personal homepage is just a collection of blocks, each block has a corresponding .JPG file, and a link. Plain old HTML, no tables, no text, nothing fancy. I sorted the links in groups.
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0, maximum-scale=5">