Setting Your Computer's Homepage
from the May 2001 Actrix Newsletter

by Rob Zorn

Whatever browser you are using, whether it be Explorer, Netscape or Opera, you can load your own home page settings. Your home page is simply the Internet site that your browser is set to go to when you start it up. Your home page may be set to www.pccompany.co.nz, or it may be set to load the Actrix page on start up. Whatever it is set to, it is easy to change, and there may be good reason to consider doing it yourself.

NZ CityIs there a web site you check daily, or one that you go to often? Perhaps it would be a good idea for that to be set as your home page. There are plenty of sites that are specifically designed to function this way. One excellent New Zealand site for this purpose would be NZCity (http://home.nzcity.co.nz/). This site has fresh news articles every day as well as your horoscope, weather reports for your city, a tv guide (channels 1-4), a New Zealand search feature and web directory, lotto numbers and a whole lot more. The page can be customised so that it loads your particular desired settings: your horoscope, your city's weather and so forth. Starting the day with NZ City is a little like starting each day with your favourite newspaper.

STUFFStuff is a similarly suitable site, though perhaps it's a little more news oriented. Another similar one would be NZoom (http://www.nzoom.com). Large Dot Com companies such as Microsoft and Netscape have customisable pages you can set as your home page, as do the major search engines such as Yahoo and Google. If you use Hotmail regularly, then perhaps setting that as your homepage would save you time each day. Maybe you run a small business and do banking on a daily basis. Setting your bank's web site as your home page might be an idea if so. Below are some links you might like to use:

http://www.msn.co.nz
http://www.netscape.com
http://www.hotmail.com
http://www.yahoo.com
http://www.google.com/
http://www.nationalbank.co.nz/
http://www.westpactrust.co.nz
http://www.bnz.co.nz/
http://www.anz.com/nz/
http://www.asb.co.nz/

The site that I use personally is the NASA picture of the day site: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html. This site shows a different picture from outer space each day, and provides a simple explanation for it. One side value of this is that the pictures make great wallpaper, which means I can vary the appearance of my desk top regularly and with ease.

If you know how to write basic html code (see Norrie the Nerd's home page) then one idea is to make a page of your own, perhaps containing links to a variety of your favourite sites. This could be uploaded to your Actrix free home page space, and then set as your browser's home page.

To set your home page in Internet Explorer:

  1. With Explorer open, click on Tools on the menu bar.
  2. Click Internet Options in the drop down box that appears. This will bring up a box called Internet Options. This box has a number of tabs on it, the first of which is called General.
  3. Enter your desired home page address into the home page address field.
  4. Click the Apply button in the bottom left-hand corner and then Okay.

You're done, simple as that. Close down Explorer and open it up afresh to test whether you typed the address in correctly.

If you're using Explorer on a Macintosh try Edit/Preferences/Browser Display....

To set your home page in Netscape Navigator 4.7:

  1. With Navigator open, click on Edit on the menu bar.
  2. Click Preferences in the drop down box that appears. This will bring up a box called Preferences.
  3. Click on Navigator in the category space to the left. This will bring up an area to the left where a number of options can be changed.
  4. Enter your desired home page address into the home page location field.
  5. Click the Okay button at the bottom.

You're done, simple as that. Close down Navigator and open it up afresh to test whether you typed the address in correctly.

If you're using Navigator on a Macintosh try Edit and then Preferences. Select Navigator in the category field to the left, and enter the home page address into the home page location field.

Opera 5.01 allows you to set two types of home pages, one for the window you're currently in (temporary), and one "global home page." To set either of these home pages using Opera, simply click Navigation on the toolbar, and then click on Set Home Page.