Although I’m not a big fan of Internet Explorer (as made clear in my last blog post), there are times when you have no choice but to use it. This tutorial will show you how to manage home pages in Internet Explorer versions 7 and 8. If you’re not sure which version you have, open Internet Explorer (if you’re not using it already) and visit http://www.thismachine.info/. It will say which version you’re using in the “What browser am I using?” section.
Say Hello to the Home Page Button
Internet Explorer has a home page button in the toolbar, located here:
Notice in the picture above that the home page button has two parts to it—the part with the house icon and the part with the arrow. If you click the part with the house icon, Internet Explorer will open your home page(s). If you click the part with the arrow, you can manage your home pages. On my computer, this is what I see when I click the arrow:
I only have one home page (Google), but you can have several home pages if you want to. Each home page will be opened in their own tab. More information on tabs will be provided later in this tutorial.
How to Replace Your Home Page or Add a New One
- Go to the website of your choice
- Click the arrow directly to the right of the house icon (shown above)
- Click “Add or Change Home Page…”
- You will be asked if you want the website you’re at to be your only home page or if you want it to be added to your home page tabs. The choice is yours.
How Does Having Multiple Home Pages Work?
If you have multiple home pages and you open Internet Explorer, each home page will be opened in its own tab in Internet Explorer. Tabs are shown at the top of the Internet Explorer window, like this:
This is a very useful feature because if you always go to a few particular websites every time you open Internet Explorer, this saves you the trouble of having to go to each website one at a time. You can easily switch between the websites by clicking the tabs at the top of the Internet Explorer window.