How to Set a Blank Home Page in IE, Firefox and Chrome

 browser home

A relic of an earlier time when we launched our Web browsers once per day and wanted to view a favorite website first thing in the morning, the browser home page function today is a waste of time and bandwidth for most users. Who wants to wait a few seconds while Internet Explorer loads the MSN home page for you every single time you want to open a new window? Fortunately, it’s easy enough to configure IE, Firefox or Chrome to open to a blank page.

Set a Blank Home Page in Internet Explorer

1. Launch Internet Explorer. If you are using Windows 8, use the desktop version of IE.

2. Navigate to about:blank in the browser. The browser will load a blank white page.

ie aboutblank

3. Select Internet options from the settings menu in IE. If you are in Windows 8, use desktop IE to make the change.

ie internet options

4. Click the Use Current button under Home page on the General tab.

click use current

The home page should change to about:blank.

internet options about blan

5. Click OK. 

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Set a Blank Home Page in Firefox

By default, Firefox opens to a Mozilla start page with a search box every time you launch a new browser window. To get a simple blank page when you open a new window:

1. Enter the Settings menu. If the home page has a gear icon on it, click that.

firefox click settings

If you don’t have a gear icon, right click on the nav bar and select Menu Bar.

firefox menu bar

Then select Options from the Tools menu.

firefox select options

2. Select “Show a blank page” from the When Firefox Starts menu.

firefox select show a blank page

3. Click OK.

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Set a Blank Home Page in Chrome

By default, Google Chrome launches to a blank tab page rather than loading a Web page, but if your Chrome loads to a Web page, here’s how to change it.

1. Select Settings from the browser menu.

chrome select settings

2. Select “Open the new tab” page under On Startup.

chrome open the new tab pag

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. gart Says:

    finally a good answer on how to set IE to start with a blank page. thank you

  2. palzy Says:

    A useful write up. Incidentally about:blank also works in Chrome and means the browser doesn’t have to load the thumbnails images of recently viewed sites.

  3. Dr H Says:

    Hi, your instructions on how to start Chrome with a blank page don’t work for me. When I follow the instructions Chrome does open with a “new tab” — and then immediately loads the Google main search page.

  4. Julio Says:

    It worked. Your response is much better and clear than Microsoft guys.Keep it up.

  5. Talmerian Says:

    This does not work, at all, for Chrome. Is there a way to get chrome to just open and not be imbecilic?

  6. EAT Says:


  7. Wayne Says:

    Like Dr H said, this no longer works in Chrome. However, there’s a simple solution: Create a local blank page and select ‘Open on a specific page or set of pages’ and enter that page’s URL.

  8. kie Says:


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