Whenever you open a new browsing session with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Web browser, the first page that you see is called the Home page. If you never changed the Home page after setting up your computer, then it is probably set to either Microsoft’s Home page, or to the Home page of your computer’s manufacturer. But if you always visit a certain website then you may prefer to set that as your Home page instead.
Fortunately you can modify the Home page setting in Internet Explorer to be whatever page you would like. Our tutorial below will show you where to find this setting so that you can change it to a page that you prefer over the current option.
Set a New Home Page in Internet Explorer 11
The steps in this guide were written specifically for Internet Explorer 11. The process for changing the Home page is similar in other versions of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as well, but may be slightly different if you are using a different version of the browser.
- Launch the Internet Explorer 11 browser.
- Click the Tools icon at the top-right corner of the window. It’s the button that looks like a gear.
- Click the Internet options button.
- Click inside the Home page field near the top of the window, delete the existing page, then replace it with the address for your preferred Home page. You can click the Use current button if you wish to set the current Web page that is open in Internet Explorer as your Home page. You can also click the Use default button if you wish to use the Microsoft home page as your default, or you can click the Use new tab button if you want to use a blank tab as your Home page. Additionally, you can put a different Web page on each line if you prefer to have your browser open with multiple tabs. When you are finished, click the Apply button at the bottom of the window, then click the OK button.
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