A home page is the page that you see when you first open your web browser. This page can be blank or a specified webpage. Your home page is also the page that you are directed to if you press the Home button in Internet Explorer. Regardless of what your current home page is, you can change it to your preferred website or use an add-on to dynamically customize its behavior. This guide is for those looking just to specify a webpage as their home page:
Setting a single home page
- Run Internet Explorer.
- Browse to the webpage you would like to use as your home page.
- Click on the arrow that is beside the Home icon.
- Click Add or Change Home Page.
If you have one tab open, there will be two options to choose from. If you have more than one tab open, you will find three options available.
- Select Use this page as your only home page to make the webpage the only one that appears when you start Internet Explorer.
- Click Yes.
Home page tabs
In Internet Explorer, you can make a number of homepages appear when you run the program. Each homepage will open in its own tab.
- Select Add this webpage to your home page tabs to add the current tab to your list of home pages.
- Click Yes.
Using a home page tab set
- If you want to set multiple home page tabs quickly, you can do so first by opening all the desired web pages in separate tabs and then selecting Use the current tab set as your homepage.
- Internet Explorer will remember all the tabs you have opened and save them in a tab set. The next time you open Internet Explorer; all the tabs will appear in one window.
- Click Yes to finalize the changes you have made.
Restoring your home page to default settings or using a blank home page
If you want to revert any changes you have made to your home page settings you can do so through the Internet Explorer tools:
- Run Internet Explorer and select Tools from the menu bar.
- At the bottom of the drop down menu, select Internet Options.
- In the General tab, click Use default.
This will undo all your changes and replace your home page with what it was when Internet Explorer was first installed.
- If you would like a blank page to appear as your home page, select Use blank instead of Use default.
- Click Ok.
The instructions in this guide should help a user in customizing one or more Internet Explorer’s home pages. You can also assign the new tab page as a home page by typing about:tabs in the address bar of Internet Explorer and following one of the instructions above. Although this guide is targeted at modifying the web address that is specified as your home page, users can explore other options by searching through Internet Explorer add-ons on the web.