Apple products are popular for their efficiency, security, as well as simplicity. However, the MacBook Air is capable of adjusting a lot of settings to your liking. While changing the homepage of Macbook Air doesn’t sound like much, it’s a valuable option that can come with a lot of benefits. If you want to know how to change the homepage on Macbook Air, keep reading this simple guide.
Why Would You Need to Change Your Homepage on Macbook Air?
Whether you’re using Safari or any other browser on Macbook Air, you might need to change your homepage at some point. Here are some reasons why you might need to change your Homepage on Macbook Air
For many people, the default homepage is meant to be the most frequently used website. For others, a blank page is the ideal style of a home page. Safari’s default homepage is related to Apple products, and you always need to type in your website to navigate. If you want to customize your MacBook Air to your preference, you might as well choose the homepage that suits you the most.
A lot of people, including me, prefer to use their search engine of choice as their homepage. That can also be a reason to change the homepage on Safari.
However, on other browsers like Google Chrome, it’s usually set by default on the search engine’s main page.
Problems with Adware
As you already know, a Macbook hasn’t been fertile ground for malware and adware for years. However, it started to become a problem for Mac users recently, as it became much easier to catch malware while browsing the internet.
To get one, you only need to browse and download a suspicious file. Once you install it, you’ll find tons of problems that come with it.
One of the popular symptoms of having adware is that they can redirect to specific websites or even change your default homepage on various browsers.
That has become one of the most top reasons why many people want to change their homepage, so they can revert back to their old homepage.
How To Change Homepage on Macbook Air
Safari is the built-in application that starts as the default browser on Macbook Air. it’s also the second most commonly used browser in the world after Google Chrome, with a market share of 18.19%. Here’s how you can change the homepage preference on Safari.
Step #1: Open Safari Browser
First, you need to open Safari, there are multiple ways to do that. The easiest one is to hover over Safari’s shortcut icon and click it twice.
However, if you don’t have a Safari option there, you can click on the “Go” menu, and choose “Applications”. To open the browser, find the Safari icon and double click it.
Step #2: Access Safari Settings
Once you’re in, you need to access the settings menu of Safari. To do that, click on the “Safari” menu in the top right of the screen. The drop-down menu will expand with various options. Choose “preferences”
A new popup window will appear with various tabs to choose from. Click on the “General” tab. It’s usually the first tab on the top left.
Step #3: Adjust Your Homepage Preferences
In the “General” menu, you’ll find “Homepage” with a blank space next to it where you can write. In this box, you should write the URL that you want to choose as your homepage.
For example, if you want Facebook to be your browser, write “https://www.facebook.com”. You don’t have to add the “https://”, as the browser will add it automatically anyway.
In addition to this option, you can also choose the current page you’re at to be your default and permanent homepage.
To do that, you only need to click on the “Set to Current Page” button that’s found below the URL box.
Step #4: Customize Other Windows Preferences
While you’re at it, you might also choose the webpage preferences. If you want to set all the new tabs and windows to open on the homepage, you can make that happen.
To choose that, select the “New Windows Open With” and “New Tabs Open With” drop-down menus.
If you want them to all open to your newly set homepage, choose the “Homepage” option. However, there are other options that you can select from, including:
- Same Page: opens the same page you’re visiting while opening a new window or tab
- Empty Page: just a blank page with nothing to show
- Favorites: a tab with a selection of the websites you marked as favorite.
- Top Sites: a tab with suggestions of your most visited websites and webpages
Step #5: Save Your Changes
Your new settings and preferences won’t be applied until you save your changes. The easiest way to do this is by exiting the “General Menu”. However, I recommend that you close the Safari window you’re using or close the browser altogether.
To test the new changes, simply launch Safari again with the same method above. Ideally, you’ll find the webpage you set as a homepage.
Another trick to redirect to your homepage directly using your keyboard. This can be done by pressing “Shift + Command + H” while using Safari.
Also Read: How to Force Quit on Mac
How to Fix Safari’s Greyed Out Homepage Preference
If the homepage preferences are greyed out (uneditable), Here’s what you can do to fix it:
- Click on Apple Menu in the top right
- Select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu
- Select the “Profiles” tab. (If you find it there without setting profiles, it’s a sign for a malware)
- Remove any accounts you don’t know by clicking the minus key next to them.
- Revisit Safari’s Preferences and adjust your homepage settings again.
With that said, you now know how to change the homepage on Macbook Air. As you can see, the method is extremely simple and doesn’t require any special skills.
If the homepage changes again, this means that you might be suffering from a form of malware. In that case, you can use an anti-malware like Malwarebytes or contact Apple Customer Support for further help.