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7 essential browser tricks every computer user needs to know

7 essential browser tricks every computer user needs to know
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The web browser is a funny thing. Thanks to the internet it's become one of the most-used programs on our computers, but many people don't really understand it. That's why in the past we've tackled common browser myths and misconceptions that many people believe but shouldn't.

Today, though, we're helping you get the most out of your browser with a few simple tricks that you really need to know. We'll cover Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Microsoft Edge. Don't forget to share this Tip with friends and family so they can improve their browsing as well.

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 and Microsoft Edge have their own start pages.

But if the first thing you always do after the browser starts is go to Facebook or your email, why not have your browser start there? It saves you an extra step and it's easy to do.

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Chrome

In Chrome, click the icon in the upper right with the three horizontal bars and choose "Settings." In the left column, choose "Settings" and then to the right 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 click OK. The page or pages will load up when Chrome starts.

Microsoft Edge

In Microsoft Edge, click the icon in the upper-right corner with the three horizontal dots and select "Settings." Under "Open with," select "A specific page or pages" and then select "Custom."

Type in a web address and click the plus sign to the right. You can do this multiple times to add multiple pages or click "X" next to a page to remove it. When you're done, click the icon with the three horizontal dots again to close the settings area.

Firefox

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

If you want to load multiple pages on startup, load them up in tabs first and then click the "Use Current Page" button. Or you can click "Use Bookmark..." and select a folder of bookmarks.

Internet Explorer

In Internet Explorer, click the gear icon in the upper-right corner and select "Internet Options." Go to the General tab and under "Home page" enter the web address or addresses you want to see on startup.

Safari

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

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