Learn how to customize Internet Explorer 11 so the browser looks and functions how you want it to.
If you want your browser to feel a bit more personal, it's easy to customize Internet Explorer. In this lesson, we'll talk about different ways you can modify Internet Explorer, including startup options and add-ons, which allow you to add new functions to the browser.
By default, Internet Explorer will show www.msn.com whenever you start the browser. If you want to see a specific website every time you open your browser (like a news site or weather forecast), you can set that site as your homepage.
If there are certain pages you use every time you open your browser, like your email or calendar, you might consider making them all homepages. Each homepage will open in its own tab whenever you start Internet Explorer. Just enter the URL of each desired homepage on a new line in the homepage text box, then click OK.
Internet Explorer is the default browser for computers using Windows 8.1 and earlier. If you click a link in another program on your computer, like an email client, it will open in Internet Explorer. If you've set another web browser as the default, you can choose to switch back to Internet Explorer.
We recommend keeping Microsoft Edge as your default browser if you are using Windows 10.