Changing the homepage in Internet Explorer | Versions 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11

The homepage is the first web page that your browser loads when you start the program. Many people set their homepage in Internet Explorer to the web page where they get their emails, or to a web page they use on a regular basis such as the Bing search engine.

This tutorial will show you how to quickly and easily change the homepage in versions 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.

Internet Explorer version 11 running on Windows 8.0/8.1

Note: if you are using the desktop then follow the instructions in the next section.
From the start screen open (tap or click) Internet Explorer (if not already), go to the page that you would like to make your homepage. Then follow these steps:
  • Using a mouse
    1. Hover the mouse at the bottom-right of your screen.
    2. Move the mouse up and click on Settings.
    3. Click on Options, then click Customize under Homepages.
    4. Click on Add current site and then click Add.
  • Using touchscreen
    1. Swipe to the left from the right-edge of the screen.
    2. Tap on Settings.
    3. Tap on Options, then tap Customize under Homepages.
    4. Tap on Add current site and then tap Add.

You can add more than one homepage which will be loaded when you first start browsing.

Internet Explorer all other versions

The first step is to open the Internet Options dialogue box.
The exact steps differ slightly depending on which version of Internet Explorer you are using and also which operating system you are using.
  • Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11 (running Windows 7)
    • Click on the tools icon: tools-icon
    • Click on Internet Options
  • Internet Explorer 7, 8 and 9 (running XP/Vista)
    • Click on tools
    • Click on Internet Options

Next you will see the Internet Options dialogue box similar to that shown below in fig 1.2
Type in the address of the homepage you would like to set, ensuring to include the http:// part of the address. If it is the one you are currently visiting, just click Use Current. The Use Blank option, as its name suggests, sets the homepage to a blank page when the browser starts.

Then, simply click on the OK button.

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