by Barry Dysert
(last updated June 27, 2016)
It seems as though every other application you install wants to fiddle with your browser's home page. (The home page is the page you see when you first start your browser.) If you find that your home page has been changed or if you want to change it yourself, the process varies depending on which browser you're using.
To change the home page in Microsoft Edge, click the More button (it looks like three small dots) near the upper-right corner of the screen. Edge displays a number of different options; you should click on Settings to display the Settings pane. (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1. The Settings pane in Microsoft Edge.
Note the "Open With" area near th etop of the Settings Pane. There are four options available. If you choose Start Page (the default), then Edge typically displays information culled from MSN. The New Tab Page option displays a blank browser tab, while Previous Pages displays whatever was displayed when you last closed Edge.
The fourth option, A Specific Page or Pages, allows you to specify the URL of the page you want displayed when Edge starts.
To change your home page in Internet Explorer 9, click on Tools (the little gear icon at the upper right of the window), then Internet Options. Internet Explorer displays the Internet Options dialog box with the General tab selected. (See Figure 2.)
Figure 2. The General tab of the Internet Options dialog box.
At the top of the page you have the option of setting your home page to a blank page (by clicking the Use Blank button), the page you're currently on (by clicking the Use Current button), or a Microsoft page located when you click Use Default.
You can even have Internet Explorer open a set of tabs, each pointing to a different URL, by typing each URL on its own separate line in the "Home page" textbox above the three buttons.
To change your home page in Chrome, click on the Customize button (the little icon at the upper-right of the window that looks like three small horizontal lines) then Settings. A full page of settings is displayed, with a section titled "Appearance." (See Figure 3.)
Figure 3. Changing Chrome's home page.
By clicking the "Show Home Button" checkbox you are telling Chrome to display the Home button on its toolbar. Then, click the "Change" link, type the URL of your desired home page, and click OK.
To change your home page in Firefox, start by clicking Tools | Options. Firefox displays the Options dialog box; make sure the General tab is displayed. (See Figure 4.)
Figure 4. The General tab of the Options dialog box.
If you know the URL of the site you want as your home page, enter it in the "Home Page" text box. You can also use the Use Current button to indicate you want to use the page currently viewed in the browser. When done, click the OK button.
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