Set a Custom Home Page in Internet Explorer 9

Last Updated Oct 17, 2010 11:38 PM EDT

Microsoft's newest browser is getting great reviews from the press and users alike (it recorded a massive 2 million downloads in the first two days alone). The streamlined, minimal interface is a welcome change, but that has made some things more difficult. How do you change the default home page, for example? You can no longer simply drag the Web page icon to the Home icon in the toolbar.

Though that "shortcut" is gone, the other traditional way to set home pages remains. Just do this:

  1. Copy the URL of the page you want to set as home.
  2. Click the Tools icon in the toolbar (which looks like a gear) and then click Internet Options.
  3. On the General tab, paste the URL into the Home page box at the top of the dialog.
  4. Click OK.
Note that you can clear whatever is already in the box if you don't want that page to open by default, and you can open multiple tabs simultaneously by putting a different URL on each line.