How to have LOTS of home pages

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I know that some of you already know how to do this. But for those of you that still only have one website as your home page (the site that comes up each time you open Firefox or Internet Explorer)…this is for you.

It’s nice to have a particular page come up each time you open your web browser. But what if you have three websites that you check regularly? or a dozen? You can set them all to come up each time, and still have only one window open in Internet Explorer or Firefox. You do this through the use of the tabs.

(I am going to use Firefox for this example, but the newest version of Internet Explorer – version 7 – does the same thing.)

Okay…so you open Firefox, and you see the page you always like to see. For example, a local news page:

We are going to assume that you want to always open that site, plus two other sites. Here is how to do it.

Click File – New tab. Up in the address bar, type the address for the next website (we’ll say it is another newspaper site, such as www.quoddytides.com), and hit Enter. You should now see that site open in the second tab.

Do the same thing for a third tab – for this one we’ll use some big-city news, The New York Times (www.nytimes.com).

Now you should see 3 tabs – one for each of those three sites (click the image to see it full size):

Now there is one more IMPORTANT step – you have to tell Firefox to use these 3 pages as your home page. Click on Tools – Options and choose the “Main” section. Click the button that says “Use these pages” and click OK to close that window.

Now close Firefox completely, and open it again. There are your 3 tabs. While you are reading the first one, the other 2 are loading in the background, and will be ready for you to click on them at your convenience.

You can always change your home page preferences by deleting some of them or adding more (although the more you have, the longer it will take for them to load – you can experiment with that based on your internet connection speed). And always remember to “lock in” your preference with that last step.

In order to avoid missing any computer tips, I recommend making my blog one of your home pages (www.ComputerTutorFlorida.com/blog).

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