Question: How do I change my home page?

by | August 27, 2014 10:16 am

Answer:

   The home page on your browser is the page that displays when you first start the browser. Quite often this is set for Google or Bing or your ISP’s web page to display. Other people have set it to a page they quite often want to go to. On my browsers, I have my home page set to www.dwightwatt.com.

   Sometimes, we want to change our home page. This could be because preferences changed, the page is no longer relevant for us or some program changed it when did not want it changed.

  The process to change the home page is relatively simple. I will now give directions for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome. Other browsers will be similar.

   In Internet Explorer, click on the wheel with cogs (or pieces sticking out) on the upper right or if you show the menu go to Tools. Now (either way gets you here) click on Internet Options. In the home page box type the address/url to the page you want to use (Google would be www.google.com) Then click OK. You have changed it. You can go to it without restarting by clicking the house shaped button (home).

   In Firefox, click Settings (has the wheel with cogs also) on bottom of page. Then, in Homepage box, type the address/url for the page you want to use (Google would be google.com). Then click OK. You have changed it. You can go to it without restarting by clicking the house shaped button (Firefox Start page).

   In Chrome, click the button at the top right that has three lines in it. Then choose Settings. In the On Startup section click Set Pages. In the Add a new page box type the address/url for the page you want to use (Google would be google.com). Then click OK. Close the Settings tab. You have changed it. You can go to it without restarting by clicking the house shaped button (Firefox Start page).

   Thank you to Pat for the question.

   Send me your questions about computers to me at the paper or to my e-mail dwight@dwightwatt.com and tell me you read this in this paper. I will pick a question to answer each week. 

  Dwight Watt does computer work for businesses, individuals and organizations and teaches about computers at a college. His webpage is www.dwightwatt.com His e-mail address is dwight@dwightwatt.com.

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