IE: Open Internet Explorer or Set Homepage to a Blank Page

The fastest page is a blank page. Here is how to set Internet Explorer’s homepage to a blank page.


Sometimes, it seems as though I open a million IE windows a day. If each of these episodes takes a few seconds to load, then I have lost valuable time. Setting the homepage to a blank page saves time.

If you want IE’s homepage to be blank, use the following steps:

    1. Open IE
    2. Click Tools menu.
    3. Click Internet Options.
    4. Click General tab.
    5. Under the Homepage section, click the Use Blank button.
    6. Click OK.

If you want a separate shortcut to open IE to a blank page, follow these steps:

    1. Right-click on a blank section of desktop.
    2. Select New.
    3. Select Shortcut.
    4. In the textbox, place the following:
    "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" -nohome

    5. Click the Next button.
    6. Name it. (IE blank, for example)
    7. Click Finish,

    Clicking this shortcut will always open IE to a blank page.

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  • Raufqara

    i want IE home page to be blank.i am using windows 7 and IE 8.problem is that i followed yours way as internet options-tools-general.but in the general home page tab is not active.i cannot do any chanding there

  • varun

    But the above option is not working with IE7.
    It is always going to

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=74005

    Even though I change it to about:blank

    • robert j.

      I tried everything how do I delete this stuff from my computer. I don’t need or want this!. I cannot get blank page either witch way.since this program was downloaded, nothing goes the w. ay it says. Again how do I delete this >

  • Jojo

    When I open ie9 in Windows 7 Professional 32bit os, its open with blank page. I try to change home page to other ie, google, its not working. I tried to reset all settings still home page is same ‘about-blank’. What could be the problem? I remove all addin’s also.

  • Tanvee

    hi.I am using windows 7 .I want my home page as google and when I click on blank It should give me blank tab with the options like yahoo,gmail,facebook etc from which i can choose which one to open ,I have set home page as google but when I click on new tab it start again the same google page .How should I resolve this ?

  • Malcolm

    I do not have a Use Blank option any more! I seem to have a Lavasoft fixed arrangement. How do I get rid of it?

    • Jim

      > After upgrading to IE 11, the “use blank” choice button on the Internet Options/General tab is no longer there! How do I again choose a blank page when opening IE?

      • Frank

        > I had the same problem and finally discovered that if I went to Settings and Internet Options then to the General Tab where the homepage setting appears: highlight and delight the info in the box, then type in “about:blank” (which is the same as what appears in my earlier internet explorer version when I clicked on blank home page). Click on Apply. Presto, when you restart Internet Explorer you have a blank home page.

        • Robert

          > about:blank Yeah, works on ie11

      • Jim

        In IE 11 Internet Options if you select “Use new tab”, it does not open a site and goes to a blank navigation.>

  • Robert Yohe, Jr.

    Does not work with IE 11. There is no “use blank” choice for home page!

  • mbonk

    i’m happy with the tips

    1. Right-click on a blank section of desktop.
    2. Select New.
    3. Select Shortcut.
    4. In the textbox, place the following:
    “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE” -nohome
    5. Click the Next button.
    6. Name it. (IE blank, for example)
    7. Click Finish

    thank you!!

  • bob jones

    this does not work either way u say mickey!How do I get msn off my homepage ?It say’s no such program or goes back to msn help