How to Change Your Home Page in Internet Explorer

Changing your home page in Internet Explorer is a snap

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Internet Explorer allows you to easily set or change your browser's homepage. You can also create multiple home pages, known as home page tabs.

Instructions in this article apply to Internet Explorer 11, 10, 9, and 8 on Windows operating systems. The process for doing this in Microsoft Edge is very similar.

  1. Open Internet Explorer.

    Internet Explorer 11.
  2. Select the gear at the top right corner (Tools). Alternatively, press Alt + X.

    The Gear icon for Tools is highlighted.
  3. Select Internet Options.

    Selecting Internet options in IE 11.
  4. If not selected, select General.

    Internet options is displayed in IE 11.
  5. In the box under Home page, enter the URL for your new homepage. Alternatively, before opening Internet Options, browse to the page you want to make your homepage and select Use current.

    Entering in a URL via the Use current option in Internet Explorer.
  6. Select OK.

    Confirming home page change by selecting OK in Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer gives you the choice of having either one homepage or multiple home pages. If you have multiple home pages, also known as home page tabs, then each one will open in a separate tab.

The first option labeled Use current will make the current webpage(s) your new home page.

Opting to use the current webpage for a home page in Internet Explorer.

The second option labeled Use default will add or restore the default webpage as the Home page. It will set it to http://go.microsoft.com and will wipe out any additions you have made previously.

Selecting to use the default webpage for a home page in Internet Explorer.

The third option, labeled Use new tab will set your Home page to about:NewsFeed and will also remove any additions you may have added.

Selecting to use the News Feed as the home page in Internet Explorer.

Once you have selected the option that you desire, select OK.

Removing a Home Page

  1. Open Internet Explorer.

    Internet Explorer 11.
  2. Go to Tools > Internet Options > General.

    Internet options is displayed in IE 11.
  3. Delete the text via DEL or Backspace., then enter your desired URL.

    The home page URL's are highlighted in Internet Explorer.
  4. Alternatively, select Use default or Use new tab. Or, you can enter a new URL instead. Select Apply\OK to complete.

    Entering in a new URL for a home page in Internet Explorer.

To access your homepage or set of home page tabs at any point, select the Home button.