Not all browsers work the same, this is a given and the reason why people choose one over another. If you have just changed browsers, or for some reason have never had to change the home page on your current browser then knowing how to set it up properly is a great thing to know. This article will give you the basics on how to make a website your homepage for the four major browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Chrome.

All you will need to get going is a computer with your browser of choice open to the website or websites (on different tabs) that you wish to have as your homepage.

Internet Explorer:

If you have one webpage you wish to have as your homepage;

  1. Simply press the house-shaped icon located at the top of your browser,
  2. click on the" add or change home page" and
  3. then click 'ok' to select.

If you have multiple pages to bookmark there is one more step involved:

  1. Click on the house icon as you would have for just one page.
  2. Click on the "add or change home page" tab
  3. Click on "add this webpage to your home page tabs" button
  4. Click ok


The great news is that Firefox works in a similar manner to Internet Explorer in terms of bookmarking your homepage.

  1. Click on the house symbol on the top right hand side of the browser
  2. Click okay

For multiple pages you will need a few more steps, starting with having all of the pages open in different tabs.

  1. Click on 'Tools' which is located at the top of the browser
  2. Go to 'options' and select the general panel, or 'main' panel depending on the version of Firefox you are using
  3. Click on the button 'use current pages'
  4. Select 'ok'


With Opera you can only bookmark a single homepage at a time.

  1. Go to the 'tools' link at the top of the page
  2. Select 'preferences' and then 'general'
  3. From here you need to click on 'startup' which will take you to the page where you need to link. Type in the homepage, or paste in the homepage
  4. Click the ok button and you are done!


Chrome works a little differently again, and there are a few steps involved to set your webpage as the homepage.

  1. The first thing you need to do is click on the wrench icon.
  2. Once you are there you need to select 'options'
  3. Click on the 'basics'. From here you are given several options to pick from. You can set your homepage on your first tab, or on a second tab, leaving the first free, or add the homepage to the browser toolbar, or set your homepage as the startup page. If you wish to do the last option, select this page go to the 'on startup' section and then click on the "open homepage."
  4. When asked if you wish to save, do so here. Now, you are done.

Setting your homepage doesn't have to be difficult. All the major browsers on the market have configured their settings so that you can do it in a few easy, well thought out steps. As you can see, setting a website as your homepage will take you little to no time at all.