How to Remove an About:Blank Home Page

By Nachiket Deshmukh

The homepage is the URL or local file that automatically loads when a Web browser starts or when the browser's "home" button is pressed. Microsoft Internet Explorer application provided with Microsoft Windows operating systems navigates to a page with the address, "about:blank" when it is opened for Web browsing. This page, as the name suggests, is a blank page which opens by default when Internet Explorer application is opened. Users can change the default settings of Internet Explorer to display a website page of their own choice whenever the application is opened, thus removing the "about:blank" home page.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet Explorer 5.0 or above versions.

Step 1

Open the Internet Explorer application on your computer's desktop, generally provided as a link with a letter "e" as its icon and labelled as "Internet Explorer". Note that the "Address" bar in Internet Explorer displays "about:blank".

Step 2

Click on the "Tools" menu. In the drop down menu, click on the "Internet Options" link to open the wizard for setting Internet Explorer options.

Step 3

Click on the tab labelled as "General". If the "Address" text box displays "about:blank", highlight it and delete it using the backspace key.

Step 4

Type a URL of your choice in the "Address" text box, for example, "", click the "Apply" button and then the "OK" button to save your settings.

Step 5

Click on the "Home" button on the toolbar with standard buttons. This button is either labelled as "Home" or represented by a home icon. Verify that the Internet Explorer navigates to the URL "" that was entered in the "Address" text box in Internet options wizard.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a URL of a website that takes less time to load completely as your default home page.