How to Change Your Home Page

May 10, 2010

Your home page is the first web page that your web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Netscape, etc) goes to when  you first open it. It can be any web page. If you have more than one web browser on  your computer, each one can have a different home page.

So how to do you set what your home page is? That’s what we are going to cover in this article. Each web browser works a little differently when it comes to changing your home page, so for the purposes of this article, we are only going to cover Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), Firefox 3.6, and Chrome 4.

With all of these web browsers, the first thing you should do is go to the webpage that you want to be your home page. Some web browsers allow you to have more than one web page and will open all of them up in different tabs. If you want that, then get  your web browser all set with exactly how you want it to look when you open the web browser. What you do next depends on which web browser  you are using.

Let’s start with IE8. To set your home page to the currently displayed web page, find the command bar. The command bar is a toolbar on IE8 that has a picture of a house, a printer, the word “Page”, the word “Tools”, and other stuff. On the command bar, find the house and click on the little down arrow to the right of the house. Now select “Add or Change Home Page”.  If you just want one home page, click on the circle next to “Use this webpage as your only home page” and then click the Yes button. If you have more than one home page in tabs, then click on the circle next to “Use Current tab set as your home page” and click the Yes button. There are more options here you can play with.

Now for Firefox. If you want just one home page, find the icon just to the left of the website address. This should be in the uppermost white address bar. The website address starts with http. Just to the left of that is an icon. Click and drag that to the left and drop it on top of the house icon. Firefox will then ask you if you want this document to be  your home page. Click the yes button.  If you want more than one web page, then get all your tabs set. In the Firefox menu, click on Tools and then click on Options. In the General options, you should see a button labled “Use Current Pages”. Click on that to make your current tab set your set of home pages.

Before I tell you how to set your home page in Chrome, there’s something special I want to tell you about it. I don’t like to have a home page set in Chrome. I prefer to use the new tab page. The new tab page in Chome shows you thumbnails of web pages you have been to recently. If you want to go to one of them, just click on the thumbnail. Something else that is special about Chrome. In the place where you would normally type the website address you want to go to, you can enter search terms like you would if you were searching on Google. So when you start up Chrome, you can type a website address, search terms, or click on one of the recent websites you have been to.

Click on the wrench and then click on Options. In the home page section, click on the circle next to “Open this page” and then type the address for the website in the box to the right. You can copy and paste as well. Then click the close button.

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