How to Set a Homepage in Internet Explorer

By Aaron Parson

Internet Explorer 10 and 11 on Windows 7 and 8 can set one or more sites as your **Home Page**, which open when you launch the Web browser or click the **Home** icon. Whether you want to enter a single site, several sites, use the current site or reset to the default site, make your choice on the Internet Options window in the browser.

Step 1

Open the **Tools** menu by clicking the gear icon or by pressing **Alt-X**, and click **Internet Options**.

Step 2

Press **Use Default** to return to Internet Explorer's default home page, the [MSN]( website, which includes a Bing search bar.

Step 3

Type any address in the **Home Page** section to use it as your home page. Enter multiple addresses, one per line, to load multiple pages on separate tabs.

Step 4

Click **Use Current** to adopt the currently open website as your home page. If you have multiple tabs open, Internet Explorer makes all of them your home pages.

Step 5

Click **Use New Tab** to use the new tab page as your home page. This page displays sites you visit frequently, and has links to restore your last browsing session or open [InPrivate Browsing]( mode. If you want to show the new tab page alongside a regular website, enter the site's address and then add **about:Tabs** on a new line.

Step 6

Set the **Startup** option to **Start With Home Page** to show your home page or pages every time you open Internet Explorer. If you pick **Start With Tabs From the Last Session**, Internet Explorer reopens the tabs you had open when you last quit the program. With this option, your home page only shows up if you click the **Home** icon.Click **OK** to finish.

Tips & Warnings

  • Set the home page to "about:blank" to load a completely empty page as your home page.
  • Internet Explorer's options window and the Internet Options Control Panel in Windows are one and the same. Editing your home page in either location has the same effect.
  • "Use Current" might not work as expected if you press it while logged in to a website and don't choose the "Stay Logged In" option on that site. For example, if you set your Facebook timeline as your home page, but don't choose to stay logged in between browser sessions, Internet Explorer will open to Facebook's login page instead.
  • A home page that changes without your consent is a classic symptom of viruses and malware. If your home page setting doesn't seem to stick, run a scan in an anti-virus or anti-malware program.