Tame your computer: there's no place like home


In her weekly series for Cambridge Network members, software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'.

This week she explains how to quickly change your home page in Internet Explorer ...

G'day! How you're going? (Aussie-speak for Good morning. How are you doing?) Just got back from 'down under' where I was asked to deliver a 2 (two!) day training session. (Bruce Willis' 'Why me?' in Armageddon springs to mind ... 'Six billion people on the planet, why'd you guys call me?')

Anyway, it was a fantastic experience and all I have to do now is psyche myself up for all those email messages that arrived in the five working days I was away from home. Speaking about home ...

In Internet Explorer your home page is the page that appears every time you open the browser. You probably know you can change your home page by using the Tools, Internet Options command. However,

Did you know ...

You can quickly change your home page without using the Tools menu.

Here's how:

1. Choose a page you want to view frequently, such as http://www.cambridgenetwork.co.uk or http://www.roem.co.uk/hints.html

2. Drag the Internet Explorer icon (the blue 'e') to the left of the web address over Internet Explorer's Home icon on the standard toolbar.

3. Click the Yes button to confirm the operation.

Next time you open Internet Explorer, your browser will automatically open your preferred page. To quickly return to the Home page at any time, simply press the Home button on the standard toolbar.

Or for those of you who love keyboard shortcuts ... press the ALT and HOME keys on your keyboard and hey presto! (Or 'no worries' ...)

* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2000. Most of what is covered however will also apply to earlier and later versions.

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17 March 2005

Karen Roem offers software training and support through her company Roem Ltd.

Contact her by email Karen@roem.co.uk or visit her website at www.roem.co.uk.


Karen Roem
Microsoft Office-ionado

Roem Ltd – software training and support