How to Start on a Blank Web Page

Hi Elizabeth,

First would like I to say how helpful your Windows 7 lessons have been to me, Thanks bunches.
Now for my question, I use IE browser, Google browser, Firefox, and MSN. IE has made itself my home page but I really don’t want a home page at all, when I want to use Google it takes me to “My Home Page” with IE and I just want to go to Google.

Is there any way to not have a home page and when you click on Google go to your google page, etc?

I have a new 64bit laptop Windows 7 Dell and am having trouble doing what I want to do. :>)

Thanks for all you do, Bobbie

A screenshot of Firefox settingsDear Bobbie,

It is possible to have a blank home page for your browser, and I will give you directions for how to do that. Before I do, however, I want to make sure we are both talking about the same thing.

You mentioned that you have several browsers installed on your computer, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and the MSN browser.

One of those programs needs to be your default browser, that is the browser that automatically opens when you click on a link to a website. You can select which browser is your default browser, but one of them has to be the default.

That is not the same as your Home Page. While your browser is a program that is used to view web pages, (you cannot view Google without using one of your browsers) your home page is the web page that your browser automatically opens when you first open the browser. I usually have Google set as my home page because when I go online, I am usually getting ready to either search for something, or read my email. I can do both of those things from the Google search page.

You can, however, set three of your browsers to open to a blank page. Here is how:

Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer, and click on the small gear icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.

2. Click on “Internet Options” in the drop down menu.

3. In the “Home Page” section, click on the button that says, “Use blank”.

4. Click the “OK” button at the bottom of the page to close the dialog box and save your changes.

Google Chrome:

1. Open Google Chrome, and click on the small wrench in the upper-right corner of the screen.

2. Click on “Settings” in the drop down menu.

3. On the settings page, find the “On startup” section and click to select, “Open the New Tab Page”.

4. Click the X to close the settings page, your changes are automatically saved.

Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox, and click on the “Firefox tab in the upper-left corner of the window.

2. In the drop down menu, point to “Options” then click on “Options” in the sub-menu.

3. Make sure the “General” tab is selected at the top, then look in the first section, it is named, “Startup”.

4. Click the drop down list next to, “When Firefox starts:” and click on “Show a blank page”.

5. Click the “OK” button to save your changes and close the dialog box.


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