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why can't i change my "home Page" in interner options folder

by rubrami710 / December 13, 2011 8:45 AM PST

I'm running windows 7 os using mozilla firefox browser. I created a shortcut on my desktop to access Internet Options. It was working fine for a while. Recently I opened the folder and the look has changed. On the general tab I no longer see "home page", "temporary internet files", etc. I only see, browsing history and appearance options. I wanted to change my home change in the address box, but it doesn't appear. How can I change it back to the way it use to look? I've scanned my laptop for potential viruses using AVG-anti-virus and Malwarebytes anti-malware....both came up clean. Can you help? I would greatly appreciate it. And sorry if I've posted in the wrong forum. rubrami710

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Of Course, If You're Trying To Change The Firefox Homepage..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 13, 2011 9:00 AM PST

It can't be done in the "Internet Options" icon, which is for Internet Explorer. To change the "Homepage" in Firefox, open Firefox, click on "Tools", choose "Options", then select the "General" tab.. You can change the "Homepage" there.

Hope this helps.


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why can't i change my "home Page" in interner options folde
by rubrami710 / December 13, 2011 9:25 AM PST

You're right about changing the firefox homepage, but that's not what I'm referring to. Example: I want to change, to, but there's no address box to go into when I open internet options from the control panel. Any suggestions?

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I'm confused.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 13, 2011 7:03 PM PST

In your top post you specifically said you are using Firefox. Grif has told you that the "Internet Options" app in the Control Panel is only for Internet Explorer. Changing anything there only affects Internet Explorer and does not change anything in other browsers, (apart from, maybe, Proxy connections).

You now mention wanting to change to, but for what?

Did you know that Firefox has it's own "Home Page" settings? Grif explained, go to Firefox, (the yellow button top left of the browser), then Options, then Options, (again), then the General tab, and remove that home page there.

Alternatively, in Firefox, goto and wait for the page to load, make sure there are no other web pages or tabs open, then goto Firefox > Options > Options, and in the General tab click "Use Current Pages". That should change the existing home page to the new one.


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Re: internet options
by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 13, 2011 7:07 PM PST

If I understand your problem correctly not all tabs appear in the Internet Options in Control Panel, so you can't changes your home page for Internet Explorer. That's right?

What happens if you try in IE from Tools>Internet Options?


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why can't i change my "home Page" in internet options folder
by rubrami710 / December 13, 2011 8:25 PM PST
In reply to: Re: internet options

Thanks! you're latest advice worked for me. Sorry guys, I should have mentioned that I use Firefox, but from time to time I need to use IE.

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Start By Deleting The Current Desktop Shortcut
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 13, 2011 8:57 AM PST

Once that's done, open the Control Panel, then RIGHT click "drag" the "Internet Options" icon to your desktop. Once to your desktop, release the RIGHT mouse button and choose "Create shortcuts here".. You'll now see a new "Internet Options" shortcut on your desktop and it should work as before.

Hope this helps.


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why can't i change my "home Page" in interner options folder
by rubrami710 / December 13, 2011 9:19 AM PST

Sorry, but your advise didn't work for me. Thanks anyway.

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What Do You Mean By "Didn't Work"?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 13, 2011 12:19 PM PST

Did the shortcut not get created? Can you open "Internet Options" from within the Control Panel? If so, then a shortcut to it would work as well. If you can't open Internet Options from within the Control Panel, then you may need to "repair" Internet Explorer.. Which version of IE do you have installed? If IE8, then update to IE9.. If IE9, then uninstall IE9 and go back to IE8.. Does that fix the problem? If so, then reinstall IE9 and see if it's fixed.

Occasionally, malware can alter the registry to prevent the Home Page from being changed.. If that's the case, then you first need to clean the computer of malware, then check the registry entries below to verify that's it's set correctly. (If you don't find the full entry below, then leave it alone. It means the registry wasn't changed.)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\
click Control Panel and check for the HomePage item and change its
value to "0" (zero)


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions\NoBrowserOptions (If found, make this value zero as well.)

In addition, if you're using Spybot, Search and Destroy, open it, click on Tools on the left side (advanced mode), then select "IE Tweaks", then UNCHECK all the listed items.

Hope this helps.


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