How to change your home page

Your Internet Explorer home page (that is, the first page you seen when you open Internet Explorer) can be set to any webpage you want. Follow the instructions below to set your home page to one you like. Note, though, that if your Internet Explorer home page has suddenly and inexplicably changed to a webpage you didn’t choose, it could be the result of malware (viruses or spyware). If you follow the directions below and your home page keeps changing back to another page, download and install Microsoft Security Essentials to help remove the malware.

To change your home page in Internet Explorer 9

  1. In Internet Explorer, navigate to the page that you want to make your home page.
  2. Right-click the Home icon  on the Internet Explorer 9 toolbar.
  3. Select Add or Change Home Page.
  4. Select either Use this webpage as your only home page, or Add this webpage to your home page tabs.
  5. Click Yes to save your changes.

To change your home page in Internet Explorer 7 and 8

  1. In Internet Explorer, navigate to the page that you want to make your home page.
  2. Click the down arrow next to the Home icon  on the Internet Explorer  toolbar.
  3. Select Add or Change Home Page.
  4. Select either Use this webpage as your only home page, or Add this webpage to your home page tabs.
  5. Click Yes to save your changes.

For more information, see Fix your hijacked web browser.

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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5 comments
  1. Anonymous

    Seriously, guys ?

    This is Computer 101 stuff. Bring some security news and updates, not this kind of basic stuff.

  2. Anonymous

    This information is useless.  My IE has been locked in to one search provider, Bing has stolen my settings, and this is what you offer?  Come on, elementary stuff like this is why the "gold standard" is a MAC.  Help me REALLY fix my stuck-on-one search provider.

  3. Anonymous

    We aren't all computer experts.  I found it useful and I am sure others feel the same way.

  4. Anonymous

    I tried this;my webpage reverts still.  

  5. al carroll

    Real smart Mr. Olivier.You have demostrated how much you know and how much you have to learn. Everyone need a smart aleck like you.Microsoft keep doing what you are doing as you know what is right.Not the smart alecks of the computer world.

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