How to Set a Home Page in Your Browser
This tip has been updated. You can use this tutorial to set a home page in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and/or Edge.
One of the questions we are asked the most is how to set a home page in a browser. It’s a fundamental question and something we answer often. So this was written as a reference in case you need to set a browser home page and you forgot how.
A browser home page, also called a start page, is the page (or pages) you see when you open your browser, We strongly suggest not setting more than one or two pages to open when you start your browser. If you use more than one or two home pages, it will take your browser longer to open.
The fastest way (but certainly not the only way) to set a single home page in Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome is to first visit the page you want to make your home page —for example – http://thundercloud.net/start/ . Once you are on the page that you would like to make your home or start page, follow the instructions below for your browser:
First, go to the page you want to set as your home page. For example: https://www.google.com/ (Google).
Now click “Tools/Internet Options”. Assuming you only want one page to open when you open your browser… clear any web addresses (URLs) showing the home page box by highlighting them and deleting them.
Next, in the dialog which appears click the button that says “Use Current” (See screen shot below):
ABOVE: “Use Current” means the page you have open in Internet Explorer at the time you click “Use current”. Make sure you only have one page open when you do this. If you want Google as your home page, for example, make sure you’re on the Google home page when you click “Use current”.
Click the Chrome Settings icon (top right – three vertical dots … see below):
From the drop down menu which appears, click “Settings” (see below):
Under the heading “On startup”, tick the circle next to “Open a specific page or set of pages” then click on “Add a new page”(see below):
Under add a new page, type the address of the site you want to be your home page. For example, our home page is http://thundercloud.net/start/ .
After you type in the address of the site you want as your home page, click the “Add” button.
Now close Chrome and reopen it, Whatever site you typed in under “Add a new page” will be your browser’s home page.
Click on the settings icon at the top right ( 3 horizontal lines). Then choose Options from the Settings menu.
In the General section that opens, under startup, next to “When Firefox starts” click the down arrow (see below) and choose “Show your home page” from the menu.
One more step. Next to Home Page type the web address (URL) of the site you want to be your home page. If there is already a URL there, just highlight it and delete it and type in your home page URL.
Microsoft has simplified setting a home page in Microsoft Edge.
To set a home page in Microsoft Edge, follow the instructions below:
- Click on Edge’s settings icon (3 dots). From the drop down settings menu find “Open Microsoft Edge with” and click the down arrow.
From the “Open Microsoft Edge with” drop down menu, select “A specific page or pages”.
Type the URL (Web address) of the site you want to be your home page (below we used our Cloudeight Start Page URL which is http://thundercloud.net/start/ )…
And don’t forget to click the Save icon (see below) or all your work will be for naught.