When you fire up your web browser to surf the Internet, the first site you see is your browser’s home page.
But why do they make you pick just one home page? When I log on in the morning, I typically open the same five or six sites each time. Is there an easier way?
Hi, I’m Andy Sweet. I’m a writer on the Windows team here at Microsoft, and of course the answer is "yes, there is." Today I’m going to show you how to open several websites at once by creating a multi-tabbed home page in Internet Explorer.
Tabbed browsing is great—you can right-click a link and open different pages within the same browser window, so you don’t have to launch Internet Explorer each time. With home page tabs, you can automatically open up to eight different webpages all at once. Here’s how to set it up.
First, open Internet Explorer. By default it opens to a single home page. Now, I want to change my initial home page so I'm going to set that up. I'll change it to MSN.
Then, I’ll click here to open a new tab for each page I want to add.
I check traffic every morning, so I’ll open a local traffic page. I’m interested in the space program, so I’ll open a space site to get the latest updates.
And I’ll open a weather page too.
Next, click the arrow next to the Home icon on the toolbar, and click Add or Change Home Page. Then choose Use the current tab set as your home page. There, that’s all there is to it. Now, the next time I open up Internet Explorer, my tabbed home pages open automatically.
If I want to add another tab, say a blog a coworker of mine writes, just open a tab for the page you want to add, click the arrow next to the Home icon on the toolbar, and click Add or Change Home Page. And this time, click Add this webpage to your home page tabs.
Now, after I'm finished reading each tab, I can close them and still keep Internet Explorer open for the next time I want to search the web. But let’s suppose I don’t want the traffic page to show up in my home page tabs anymore. Here’s how I’d remove it.
Click the arrow next to the Home icon, click Remove, and select the page you want to remove.
The next time you open Internet Explorer, the tab will be gone. There, no traffic site.
Now, if you’ve added a bunch of tabs to your home page set, it might be harder to find the info you’re looking for. Just click the Quick Tabs icon to see a snapshot of every page that’s open, and then click the page you want to switch to.
Oh, and one more thing: it’s a good idea to save your home pages as Favorites. That way, if you ever reset your Internet Explorer settings, you’ll have your home page tabs backed up. To do this, click the Add to Favorites button, and then click Add Tab Group to Favorites.
Multi-tabbed home pages are a great way to automatically open the websites that you’re interested in.
And since they’re easy to add and remove, you can experiment, say compare two or three different search engines. Or, you can be like me and add five or six different news sites.
However you want to set up your home page tabs is completely up to you.