Open multiple tabs as a browser default home pages

When I open my browser, the first thing to do after the home page loads is, to create new tabs to open a standard set of web sites. These sites could be the company’s website, a personal website, web email client, a couple of standard blogs that I read, and a few others. How nice would it be if once a browser is open, multiple tabs are automatically initiated to the different sites? No more typing or clicking on bookmarks.

Yeah, it would be nice, right!

Well, this is easily accomplished with Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Apple Safari is a little more complex, but it is doable. The instructions below give how to set up these browsers for Microsoft Windows 7 and Apple’s Mac OS X.

View how you can set up your favorite web browser to load multiple web sites. Have Fun!!! Let me know if you have any problems.

Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 8 (IE8)

  • Select “Tools” and then “Internet Options” from the pull down window.
  • Type or copy/paste to add an Internet web address into the box labeled “Home page” shown in Image 1. Each web address is on its own line.
  • Enter each Internet web address into a new line.
  • Add more sites as your Home Page and click on “Okay” when finished.
  • Restart IE8 and multiple tabs will open default home pages.

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Mozilla Firefox on Microsoft Windows 7

  • Select “Tools” and then “Options”
  • Place your cursor at the end of the web address in the field “Home Page”.
  • Type in a pipe symbol, “|” shown in Image 2. Use the “Shift + \” key found above the “Return” key.
  • Type or copy/paste to add an Internet web address into the field.
  • Add more sites as your Home Page and click on “Okay” when finished.
  • Restart Firefox to test.

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Mozilla Firefox on Mac OS X

  • Select “Firefox” and then “Preferences” and navigate to the “General” tab.
  • Place your cursor at the end of the web address in the field “Home Page”.
  • Type in a pipe symbol, “|” shown in Image 3.. Use the “Shift + \” key found above the “Return” key.
  • Type or copy/paste to add an Internet web address into the field.
  • Add more sites as your Home Page and close the “Preferences” when finished.
  • Restart Firefox to test.

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Google Chrome on Microsoft Windows 7

  • Find and click on the wrench icon on the right top side of the browser.
  • Select “Options” from the drop-down menu.
  • Under the “On startup” section, select the radio button for “Open the following pages”as shown in Image 4.
  • Select the “Add” button and type or copy/paste other Internet web addresses.
  • Add more sites as your Home Page and select the “Close” button when finished.
  • Restart Chrome to test.

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Google Chrome on Mac OS X

  • Find and click on the wrench icon on the right top side of the browser.
  • Select “Options” from the drop-down menu.
  • Under the “On startup” section, select the radio button for “Open the following pages”as shown in Image 5.
  • Select the “+” button and type or copy/paste other Internet web addresses into the open field.
  • Add more sites as your Home Page by selecting the “+” button and close the Preferences window when finished.
  • Restart Chrome to test.

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Apple Safari on Microsoft Windows 7

Apple Safari is the least easiest of the web browsers to configure to open multiple tabs on startup. Safari requires a “Bookmark Folder” to store the web addresses you want to open on startup. So follow the instructions carefully.

  • Open Safari and select “Bookmarks” from the top menu and then select “Add Bookmarks Folder”
  • A new tab will open to the Bookmarks manager with an open field titled “untitled folder”. Overwrite “untitled folder” with the name of the folder that contain the sites to open on startup. In this step, I entered “Default Home Pages”.
  • Add the Internet web sites as a Bookmark to the Bookmark Folder, “Default Home Pages”. Open a web site and select “Bookmarks” from the top menu and then “Add Bookmarks”. Click on the down-arrow to open and select the “Default Home Pages” bookmark folder shown in Image 6. Click on the “Add” button.
  • Repeat the above to add web sites to the “Default Home Pages” bookmark folder.
  • Now tell Safari to use the “Default Home Pages” bookmark folder on startup. Select the little gear icon in the top right corner of Safari and select “Preferences”.
  • If the window does not open at the “General” tab, select “General”
  • Open the drop-down on the “New windows open with:” field and select “Choose tabs folder…”.
  • The “Choose folder or collection” window will open.
  • Select the bookmark folder “Default Home Pages” from the right column and select the “Choose” button to complete.
  • The “New windows open with:” field should display “Tabs for Default Home Pages” shown in Image 7.
  • CLose the “Preferences” window and restart Safari to test.

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Apple Safari on Mac OS X

  • Open Safari and select “Bookmarks” from the top menu and then select “Add Bookmarks Folder”
  • A new tab will open to the Bookmarks manager with an open field titled “untitled folder”. Overwrite “untitled folder” with the name of the folder that contain the sites to open on startup. In this step, I entered “Default Home Pages”.
  • Add the Internet web sites as a Bookmark to the Bookmark Folder, “Default Home Pages”. Open a web site and select “Bookmarks” from the top menu and then “Add Bookmarks”. Click on the down-arrow to open and select the “Default Home Pages” bookmark folder shown in Image 6. Click on the “Add” button.
  • Repeat the above to add web sites to the “Default Home Pages” bookmark folder.
  • Now tell Safari to use the “Default Home Pages” bookmark folder on startup. Select the Safari in the top menu and select “Preferences”.
  • If the windows does not open at the “General” tab, select “General”
  • Open the drop-down on the “New windows open with:” field and select “Choose tabs folder…”.
  • The “Choose folder or collection” window will open.
  • Select the bookmark folder “Default Home Pages” from the right column and select the “Choose” button to complete.
  • The “New windows open with:” field should display “Tabs for Default Home Pages” shown in Image 8.
  • CLose the “Preferences” window and restart Safari to test.

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4 thoughts on “Open multiple tabs as a browser default home pages”

  1. Thank you for explaining how to open multiple pages on my apple macbook. I asked at the apple store and was told it couldn’t be done.

  2. When I start IE8, it only opens the first URL in my list on a single tab. I have to click the Home icon in the toolbar to get it to open all the tabs.

    How can I get it to open all my tabs when I start IE8?

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