View Full Version : Default IE URL - continued, not simple answer

31-01-2002, 02:22 PM
[My original question appears a few posts previously and is reposted here since I left out information so that it appeard to be a basic beginner's type of problem.]

How can the default 'home page URL' location be changed in Internet Explorer? It keeps going back to an unwanted and unchosen URL, or worse yet, some stupid casino site will be put in my preferred home page location (which is YahooGroups). It would be nice to click on 'Default' and have it return to my choice of home page, instead of MSN!!!!
I use IE 5.00 as the newer versions of IE are unstable. Netscape is also unstable, and please, no suggestions of using Opera.

.....I should have mentioned that I tried <<Tools|Internet options|General tab >> ages ago - it is basic and easy stuff. No matter what I do, I cannot get rid of the default page(which is: http://www.browser.net.au)- which I never chose and does not even exist now.
I was hoping for an answer more along the lines of changing a root file (I did try altering the text in an INI file that had the default URL, but without success).

Keep in mind that IE gives 2 choices: USE DEFAULT and USE CURRENT. Of course I know how to reset it so that the CURRENT page becomes my home page (or just by copy and pasting into the CURRENT URL slot. The point is that the DEFAULT page cannot be altered - I can see no easy way to change it, except by going into an INI file or something.

I have a very clean system, always checking for spyware and viruses, and I use Zone Alarm.

Thanks - Steve

31-01-2002, 02:59 PM
While we're at it, how do you change the search button to be google or something useful and not something useless (no idea what mine is now, but no use to man or beast.)


31-01-2002, 03:02 PM
A registry hack will let you change the default page:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

half way down the list there should be Default_Page_Url or something... change that to whatever you want your default to be. Be warned though - only edit the registry if you really know what you're doing!

I am interested to know, though, what makes you say that later versions of IE are unstable? I have found the later versions to be much more stable than earlier versions (such as 5.0) and I practically live on the internet.

31-01-2002, 03:18 PM
If you have Office toolbar or some other shortcut (you could set one up in Start menu for instance) then you can find the sortcut entry in Win Explorer and right click it and select Properies go to the shortcut tab and add the name of your favorite URL. You can also rename the shortcut file to have a meaningful name for that URL. I have my normal HOME and another that launches straight to my favourite web mail site.