How to Set Your Home Page in the Desktop’s Browser on your Surface

By Andy Rathbone

Many of the settings made in one browser on the Surface apply to the other browser, as well. For example, you can set your home page — the page your browser shows upon opening — in the Desktop’s browser, and the Start screen’s version of Internet Explorer will also open to that home page.

To set your home page on the desktop version of Internet Explorer, follow these steps:

  1. With the desktop version of Internet Explorer, visit the site you’d like to see when you first open either browser.

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

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

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

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

That sets your currently viewed page as your home page. Once you close and re-open either version of Internet Explorer, it will open to show that page.

Because both browsers can show several sites simultaneously in separate tabs, you can also open different sites in the desktop version of Internet Explorer. When you tap or click the Use Current button in Step 4, it adds all of those sites to your home page, and they each open every time you open either version of Internet Explorer.