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7 things you didn’t know your Web browser could do

7 things you didn’t know your Web browser could do
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The most-used program on your computer is your Web browser, but there's a good chance you don't know much about it besides how to visit your favorite sites. In fact, there are a lot of myths about browsers, some of which I've dispelled in the past.

Today, though, I'm helping you get the most out of your browser with a few simple tricks that you really need to know.

1. Choose your home page

What's the first thing you see when your browser starts up? If you're using Internet Explorer, it's probably MSN's website. Chrome loads up a modified Google page and Firefox has its own start page.

If you find yourself always heading to the same site first thing, though, why not just start there?

In Chrome, click the icon on the right with the three horizontal bars and choose Settings. On the left column, choose Settings and then look under "On Startup."

Set it to "Open a specific page or set of pages" and then click the "Set pages" link. Type in one or more Web addresses and then click OK. The page - or pages - will load when Chrome starts.

In Firefox, click the icon on the right with the three horizontal bars and choose Options. On the General tab, set "When Firefox starts" to "Show my homepage." Then under that, type in the address you want for your home page. Then click OK.

In Internet Explorer, click the gear icon on the right and select Internet Options. Go to the General tab and under "Home page" enter the Web address you want to see on startup.

In Safari on Apple, go to Safari>>Preferences. On the General tab, go do to "Homepage" and type in an address. Done!

Another good way to open your favorite sites is bookmarks. Click here to learn the ins and outs of this unappreciated browser feature.

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