Like most web browsers, Google Chrome consumes a fair amount of your computer’s resources when it runs, which can slow down your computer. Closing the web browser when you are not using it can make your computer run faster. However, you then have the hassle of reopening the web pages you want to visit after you relaunch the browser.

You can eliminate this hassle by customizing the pages that Chrome opens when you launch it. By default, Chrome is set to open the “New Tab” page, but you can change this setting to one of the following:

  • “Continue where you left off”. Selecting this option means that Chrome will reopen all the web pages you had open when you last closed the browser.
  • “Open a specific page or set of pages”. When you choose this option, Chrome will open the specified web pages every time you launch it.

To change the default setting, follow these steps:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type “chrome://settings” (do not include the quote marks) and press “Enter”.
  3. In the Settings page, scroll down to the “On startup” section.
  4. Select either the “Continue where you left off” or “Open a specific page or set of pages” option. If you choose the latter, two links will appear. You can use the “Add a new page” link to enter the addresses of the web pages you want Chrome to open. If you do not want to manually type in the addresses, open the web pages in Chrome and then select the “Use current pages” option. (The Settings page will not be included.)
  5. Close the Settings page.

The next time you open Chrome, the change will take effect.