How Do I...Choose My Home Page?

The first page you visit on opening your Internet browser A program designed to download and display text and images from a web 'page' on your computer. There are a variety of good browser applications available, many free, and others for a charge. These include but are not limited to 'Internet Explorer', 'Opera', 'Netscape Navigator', 'Mozilla' and others. is your 'home page '. The manufacturer of your computer, or Microsoft, the makers of 'Windows ', or perhaps your Internet Service Provider (ISP ) will set this to a 'default The value given to an item unless and until another choice is made by the user. Example: Margins for your documents are set to 'default' spacing. You may change them to new values, but until you do, the factory settings are the default values. ' page for you - but it may not be what you would choose as your opening page. You can set your home page All travel begins from 'Home'. The place from which you start. A page on the Internet that your browser is set to display when you first log on, or when you click the 'Home' button on the browser toolbar. The 'home page' provides a point of reference when 'browsing' the world wide web. to any location you like - even a file A collection of data that is given a name. All saved information on a computer is a file. There are different kinds of files, for doing different tasks. For instance, a program file starts or supports a program, a folder file marks other files and folders, and a system file supports the computer system. A document file contains a user-created document. on your own computer if you wish.


Select a Home Page from the Internet

Using 'Internet-Explorer Also known simply as 'IE', Internet A combination of all the computers that are 'connected' through phone lines or other transmission types. Also called the world-wide-web (www), because a graphical representation of all the connections might look like a spider-web covering the surface of the earth. Explorer is a web-browser program Also called an 'application'. A 'program' creates, displays, or calculates the input of the program user. Each program is displayed in its own 'window', a separately bordered area of the computer screen. Programs generally fall into two groups, an 'application program', or a 'system program'. that allows you to download The act of transferring a digital file from a remote computer, to your own. Downloading a file involves the two computers (the one sending and the one receiving) establishing a 'protocol', or common language between them. The file is then sent in 'packets', or small pieces, and re-assembled at the receiving end. pictures and words from Internet sites, and display 1) To present or show, as in 'to display the contents of a folder', or perhaps a picture. Or... 2) The overall 'look-and-feel' of the computer 'Desktop', including fonts, icons, colors, pictures, and more. Or... 3) May also be used to describe the attached monitor, or monitor settings, as in 'My display is a 17" Sony'. them on your computer.  Internet Explorer is a part of the Windows 'Windows' is the trade-marked name of a computer operating system (OS) created and owned by Microsoft Corporation of Redmond, Washington, U.S.A. Versions of Windows include Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, and XP (XP is the current Windows version). Each of these iterations added functionality or stability (or both) to the version before it. operating system, included with every 'Windows' computer. ', go to the site you wish to make your new 'Home Page '. Then open the "Tools Generally, the implements we use to complete a specific task. In Windows, tools are represented by icons (tiny pictures) which act as shortcuts to the programs or functions that we call 'tools'. Tools are found on a 'toolbar' for easy access. Each TYPE of task has its own tools. For instance, a graphics-editor has tools to 'draw', 'color', or 'crop', a picture - while a spreadsheet will contain tools to 'multiply', 'sum', or 'graph' numerical data. " menu A selection list from which you may choose one or more actions or objects. In Windows, the 'Start' menu is the primary list of programs installed on the PC. Another notable Windows menu is the 'context' menu; place the mouse pointer above an item, then 'right-click' to produce a menu relevant to (in the context of) the object under the pointer. at the top, and select To choose one or more objects for an action (such as copy, or format). Selected objects are distinguished by a 'darkening' of the object. To select a single object, left click it. You may perform an action on multiple items at once by 'selecting' the items, then choosing the action. For example, to 'bold' multiple characters in a document, 'select' a 'block' of characters, then click the 'bold' tool on the document processor's toolbar. "Internet Options". This will open the Internet Options dialog Also called 'dialog box'. A 'dialog' is two-way communication (as opposed to a 'monologue'). Dialogs are separate windows that display information so the user can indicate preferences from the choices offered. The purpose of a dialog is to allow you and your computer to 'talk' to each other, to accomplish a task. . This dialog has multiple tabs, but the one you want is the first one, the 'General' tab. The address of your current Home page will be shown in the blank for 'Home Page'. Just click To press or 'tap' the left-side mouse button. When the pointer is over a link or menu, this will cause the menu to be opened, or the action performed. When the pointer is NOT over an 'actionable' item, it will 'focus' the computer on the area clicked. 'USE CURRENT' to make the current page your new Home Page.


  1. Using Internet Explorer, log on To successfully connect to a network or workgroup to execute programs or view documents. Logon (also 'log on') normally requires a 'username' and password to identify you as a legitimate user on the network. The largest network, of course, is the Internet, to which you 'log on' through your Internet Service Provider (ISP). to the Internet

  2. Browse to the page you want as a 'Home Page'

  3. Click the 'Tools' menu at the top of Internet Explorer

  4. Click 'Internet Options' from that Tools menu

  5. Click 'Use Current'

  6. Click 'OK' to close the options window, and save your new home page.


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