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My Other Home Page is MSC
Posted by Tom Klemens on October 4, 2011 at 10:51 AM.

Did you know that many web browsers allow you to select more than one home page? For example, when I open Microsoft Internet Explorer on my computer it automatically displays three web pages that I visit often: Google, MSC and the AISC intranet. Each has its own tab, so navigating from one to the other is simple, and they’re always close at hand.


Why should you make your other home page?


  • Never miss the daily post about steel in the news.
  • Learn about breaking news items long before they appear in print, often including convenient links to immediately help you find additional related information.
  • Find out about short lead time events, like webinars and other online opportunities.
  • Keep 50 years worth of industry information at your fingertips, freely accessible in the MSC Back Issue Archives.
  • Be among the first to know when new resources or educational opportunities become available.


It’s free, unobtrusive, and helps you stay on top of what’s going on in the fabricated structural steel industry.


Here’s how to add home pages in IE8.

1. Open your IE8 browser.

2. On the toolbar, roll your cursor over Tools.

3. From the drop down menu, select Internet Options.

4. On the General tab, the top item is Home page. That’s where you type in the full URL of each home page that would like to set up. This is where you would type in (Be sure to include the “http://” part.)

5. Click on the Settings button in the Tabs section (further down on that same General tab). This is the section that controls how the tabs are displayed in IE. To have multiple home pages open when you start your browser, make sure that “Open only the first home page when Internet Explorer starts” is unchecked. (On my computer, that is the default.)

6. Click OK to save your tabs settings, then click OK to save your Internet Options settings and close the window.


If you’re using Firefox 6, the process is a little different. First open each of the pages that you want to be your home pages in a new tab. Then go to Tools, select Options, and click on the button that says “Use Current Pages.”


Google Chrome limits you to one home page, but you can have multiple pages open when you start the browser. Open Chrome and click on the little wrench icon in the upper right hand corner, then select Options. In the “On startup” section select “Open the following pages” and type in the URLs of the web pages you would like to have open up. The next time you open Chrome, those pages will appear as separate tabs.


Thanks for being an MSC reader. We hope you’ll make us your other home page, too.


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