The Google Homepage: What is it?

Chances are that you already know Google's start page. Maybe you are even going with the default start page of your browser and this means in pretty much all cases that Google is being opened every time you launch your browser.

But there is not just one Google homepage. There are many country-specific versions, tailored to the content that is relevant in that country. If you're in Germany, for example, it would be The specific targeting can be related to events, places, cultural things or other factors. By the way, the language is not necessarily one of them. Whether Google is set to German or to another language depends primarily on the browser language you use. But you can otherwise change the language of Google directly manually.

What is the home page and how do I use it?

The classic Google home page layout

The start page is, as the name suggests, the starting page of the German version of Google. You can use it just like any other search engine; simply type in what you are looking for and hit enter. The results will show up below.

Once you see the results it is not the start page of Google anymore but the result page (makes sense, right?).

If you are using Google for the first time in a browser you will be prompted with the data policy and you will be asked to accept or reject Google cookies. If you reject them you will be asked again on every page of Google.

Cookie Policy Pop-Up

How to customize your start page

You can customize the start page to some extent. For example, you can change the amount of results that show up on a page, the language in which the results are displayed, and whether or not you want Google to filter out explicit content from your search results.

To change these settings, simply click on the gear icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen and select “Search settings.” From there, you can make the changes that you want.

This is the very same with all Google versions whether its .FR, .ES, the good old .COM or any other domain extension (if you are not sure what a domain extension is or does feel free to check this article).

How to make your default search engine

If you want to make Google your default search engine, you can do so in most browsers with just a few clicks.

In Google Chrome (and any Chromium-based browser like Brave, etc.), go to settings, and under “Search engine” click on “Manage search engines…”. Find Google in the list and click on “Make default”.

In Mozilla Firefox, go to settings, and under “Search” click on “Change search settings…”. Find Google in the list and click on “Make default”.

In Microsoft Edge, go to settings, and under “Search in the address bar with” click on “Change search engine”. Find Google in the list and click on “Set as default”.

If you are using another browser, please consult its documentation on how to change the default search engine.

Features of start page that you may not know about

Google has many features which you may not be aware of. For example, did you know that you can use Google as a calculator? Just type in an equation and the answer will show up. You can also use it to convert units. For example, type in ‘5 euros in dollars’ and the correct answer will show up.

You can type "flip a coin" into the search bar and Google will flip a coin for you. You can also type "roll a die" and it will roll a die for you.

You can also use Google to find out what the weather is like. Just type in ‘weather’ followed by the name of your city and the current conditions will show up.

Lastly, you can use Google to create a To-Do list. Just type in ‘todo’ followed by what you need to do and it will be added to your list. You can access your list by clicking on the ‘more’ button on the top right-hand side of the screen and then selecting ‘Tasks’.

So, as you can see, there are many reasons why Google is the default start page for so many browsers. Give it a try and see for yourself!

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