Google Chrome

Chrome is a free web browser developed by Google that uses the WebKit layout engine and application framework. It was first released as a beta version for Microsoft Windows in September of 2008, and the public stable release that December. The name is derived from the graphical user interface frame, or “chrome”, of web browsers. This browser offers a complete range of modern browsing conveniences, and pioneered the Omnibar–a combined search and address bar. The basics are well-represented, including tabbed browsing, new window creation, and a private browsing mode that Google calls “Incognito” which disables cookies tracking, history recording, extension support and other browsing breadcrumbs.

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Install or Update Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a free web browser that takes just minutes to install. It’s available for Windows, Mac, and Linux computers, as well as iOS devices.

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Windows Instructions

To install Google Chrome for your user account, follow these steps below:

  1. Visit
  2. Click Download Google Chrome. By downloading the installer file from this site, you can be sure that Google Chrome will be updated with the latest features and security fixes.
  3. Review the Terms of Service and click Accept and Install to continue. Before you continue, you can also set the following options.
    1. Send usage statistics and crash reports: Select the “Help make Google Chrome better…” checkbox at the bottom of the page if it’s okay for Google Chrome to send anonymous information to Google about how you use the browser.
    2. Set Google Chrome as your default browser (if available): Select this checkbox if you’d like to use Google Chrome to open any web links you click.
  4. Once the installer file has been downloaded, a “Welcome to Google Chrome” dialog appears and prompts you to choose the search engine you’d like to use for the address bar (also called the “omnibox”).
  5. Click the Choose button below the option you’d like to set as your default search engine.

The installer finishes by importing your home page and browser history from your default browser, if selected. A Google Chrome window automatically opens once everything is set up so that you can start using it right away.

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Mac Instructions
  1. Visit
  2. Click Download Google Chrome.
  3. Review the Terms of Service, then click Accept and Install to continue.
  4. Open the file called “Google Chrome.dmg” after it downloads.
  5. In the window that opens, drag the Google Chrome icon to the Application folder. This installs Google Chrome for all user accounts on your computer. If you don’t have administrative rights, drag the icon to a location on your computer where you do have rights, such as your Desktop. Google Chrome will only be installed for your user account.
  6. The first time you open the browser, the Finder will ask you to confirm that you want to open the application downloaded from the Internet. ClickOpen to continue.
  7. Unmount the Google Chrome disk image external image chrome_95346_disk_image.gif on your Desktop by dragging it to the Eject icon in the Dock. Make sure you’re dragging the disk image and not the Google Chrome application icon.

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How to Change your Home Page

If you have a favorite page that you’re constantly checking, why not make it your home page? You can then set Google Chrome to open the page whenever you start up the browser. For convenience, add a home page button to the browser toolbar to easily open the page at anytime.

  1. Click the wrench icon external image chrome_toolsmenu.gif on the browser toolbar. Mac users: If you don’t see the wrench icon, go to the menu bar at the top of your screen and clickChrome.
  2. Select Options (Preferences on a Mac).
  3. Click the Basics tab.
    • Set your home page
      Pick any page you’d like to be your home page in the “Home page” section. You can select “Use the New Tab page” to set the New Tab page as your home page. To use any other page as your home page, select “Open this page” and enter the web address of the page you’d like to use.
    • Add the home button to the browser toolbar
      Want a button on the browser toolbar that you can click to open your home page? The home button isn’t shown by default, but you can easily add it by selecting the “Show Home button” checkbox in the “Home page” section. Deselect the checkbox to remove the button.
    • Set your home page as your startup page
      To see your homepage whenever you open Google Chrome, go to the “On startup” section and select “Open the home page.”
  4. Click Close when you’re done, if you’re using Windows or Linux.

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Known Issues with Chrome at OWU
  • Ad-Astra: It has been found that Astra Schedule doesn’t work well in some cases with Google Chrome. The issue is being investigated and more info will be added as it becomes available. Until a fix is available, it may be wise to use Astra with another browser like Firefox.

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