IE options let you go home again

HELP LINE

September 24, 2001|By James Coates | James Coates,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I have lost the home page we used to have. That home page was from our Internet service provider (Maqs.net), but now Yahoo! comes up as our home page. How can I get the old home page back?

If you're using Internet Explorer, type www.maqs.net in the address bar at the top of the browser and then hit return.

After the page gets loaded, click Tools in the browser's toolbar and then pick Internet Options.

Click the tab called General and then look at the first box. There is a button that you can click to make the current page (www.maqs.net) your start page. You can use this simple process to make any page you choose the one that comes up automatically each time you open the browser.

However, let me urge you to check out how so-called portal pages such as Yahoo! and Excite can be customized to deliver a start page with stuff like current prices of your stock portfolio, customized news headlines, television schedules, horoscopes, winning lottery numbers and a host of other offerings that can really enhance the experience of using the Web.

Keep in mind that you can always set that maqs.net page as the top listing in your Favorites list for easy recall.

James Coates writes about technology for the Chicago Tribune, a Tribune Publishing newspaper. He can be reached at jcoates@tribune.com.

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