How can I change the default start page?

How can I change the default start page?

A. When you first start Internet Explorer it loads a page, by default this is a Microsoft page ( however this can be changed:

  1. Start Internet Explorer
  2. Select Internet Options from the View menu
  3. Select the general tab
  4. In the first section "Home page" enter the page you wish to be displayed when you start Internet Explorer and click Apply, then OK. If you just want a blank page click the "Use Blank" button, again click Apply then OK.
  5. Close Internet Explorer

The above just updates registry entry "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page". You could create a registry script that updates a machines registry to set your page up as the clients Homepage. The REG script would have the following:


\[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\]
"Start Page"=""

\[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\]

You would then setup a link on your page to the script and people would select "Open from current location". The official Microsoft image for this is

(if you want it right click on it and select "Save Picture As").

I have set the above up so it sets as your start page but I would advise against it ;-) If you wanted no start page, e.g. blank, set the value to "about:blank".

If you use Netscape use the following to change your default homepage

  1. Start Netscape
  2. From the Edit menu select Preferences
  3. Select the Navigator category
  4. Enter the required start start page in the Home Page box and click OK

It does not store the start page location in the registry, rather in a javascript file prefs.js, which is located in the Program Files\Netscape\Users\ directory. The line in the file is

user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "");

however you should not edit this file.

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