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Task 3: How to Make a Portal Your Browser's Home Page

Task 5 in Part 2, "Browsing the World Wide Web," described how to turn any Web page into Internet Explorer 6's home page. The browser's home page appears when the browser is first run and whenever you click the Home button in the browser's toolbar. The home page is a useful starting point for your Web explorations. If you have personalized a Web portal using a service such as My Yahoo!, you might find it useful to make this page your browser's home page.

Visit Your Portal

To get started, load your portal's customized page with your Web browser. For My Yahoo!, type http://my.yahoo.com into your Address bar and press Enter.

Figure 3.14

Sign In to Your Portal

If you have not signed in to your portal account, type your username and password and click the button to submit the information—on My Yahoo!, click the Sign in button.

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Adjust Your Browser Settings

After the page has loaded, pull down the Tools menu on the Internet Explorer toolbar and choose the Internet Options command to adjust the Internet settings of the browser. The Internet Options dialog box opens.

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Display the General Settings

The seven tabs on the Internet Options dialog box display different settings you can adjust. Click the General tab to bring its settings to the front.

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Make Your Portal the Home Page

The current home page used by your browser is displayed in the Address text box. Click the Use Current button to change this field to the customized portal page, then click the OK button to save the change and close the Internet Options dialog box.

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Load Your New Home Page

Click the Home button in the Internet Explorer toolbar at any time to return to your customized portal page.

Figure 3.19

Restore the Original

If you change your mind and want to return to Inter-net Explorer's original home page, open the Internet Options dialog box, click the Use Default button, then click the OK button.

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