Scott Hanselman

Multiple Homepages with Firefox

May 23, '06 Comments [6] Posted in Musings | Tools
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A little trick that I like to use when I install Firefox on a family member's computer is having multiple homepages.
In FireFox from Tools|Options|General, enter in the homepages you want, separated by pipes "|".

This will make the day of spouses, parents, great uncles and cousins who only visit three or four sites a day. Rather than trying to teach them the wonders of RSS, just show them how tabbed browsing works and send them on their merry way.

The WAF on this tip is high.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006 5:27:03 AM UTC
So is that popup image feature now a part of dasBlog? Or was that a one-off thing you decided to try for this post? :)

It's pretty spiffy, I'll grant you that. I've seen it elsewhere and toyed around with implementing it in a UserScript I'm writing for the CodeProject ( forums, but I've yet to see it in a blog like that.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006 3:42:45 PM UTC
Nice tip! I always wondered if there was a way to open multiple tabs on startup. Thanks!
Tuesday, May 23, 2006 3:55:40 PM UTC
I set up my wife with multiple tabs and it took her a while to understand that there are tabs up there.

Unfortunately she likes playing games on MSN so she is constantly still firing up IE.

I am thinking about getting a divorce if she doesn't fully switch....j/k.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006 8:47:52 PM UTC
You can also do this by opening existing tabs with the pages you want and then clicking the Use Current Pages button in Tools|Options|General.

At any rate, many people set Google as their homepage because it's really snappy when opening FireFox. Doesn't loading multiple slow pages in tabs such as and defeats that purpose?
Thursday, May 25, 2006 12:35:10 AM UTC
Ralph, there's a Firefox extension that uses IE's rendering engine (so you can load Microsoft-only sites):
Gary C
Thursday, May 25, 2006 7:17:42 PM UTC
The recent beta 2 release of IE7 now supports this you the option to "Add this page to your home page tabs." A very nice feature indeed.
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