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The Start screen’s browser on your Windows 8 tablet doesn’t offer a way to set a home page — the page your browser display shows when first opened. Instead, it merely piggybacks on the home page you set in the desktop’s version of Internet Explorer.

So, to set your home page on both browsers, load the desktop version of Internet Explorer and follow these steps:

  1. With the desktop version of Internet Explorer, visit the site you want both sites to display when first opened.

    Visit your favorite site by typing its address into Internet Explorer or clicking a link.

    When you’re looking at the site you want to see when Internet Explorer opens, move to Step 2.

  2. Click the Tools icon in the program’s upper-right corner. (It looks like a gear.)

  3. When the drop-down menu appears, tap Internet Options.

  4. When the Internet Options page opens to the General tab, tap the Use Current button.

That sets your currently viewed page as your home page in both versions of Internet Explorer.

  • Because both browsers can show several sites simultaneously in separate tabs, you can also open different sites in the desktop version of Internet Explorer. Tapping the Use Current button in Step 4 adds all of those sites to your home page; they’ll each open in their separate tabs every time you open either version of Internet Explorer.

  • To open a new tab in the desktop version of Internet Explorer, tap and hold your finger on the taskbar’s Internet Explorer icon. When a menu begins to appear, lift your finger. When the pop-up menu appears, tap Open New Menu. A new tab appears, letting you type a website address you want to visit.

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