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    Looking for a no-frills IE 11 home page

    I run W7 Home Premium and IE11. I want to stay with IE, but I totally dislike MSN Home Page.
    Aside from a blank Home Page, can any of you recommend a simple, "no frills" replacement for the MSN Home Page?

    Thank you for your help,
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    Google.com

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    Try the new tab page. It is an option on the General tab of Internet Options.

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    I have two tabs, one is my own home page (created by me as I used to do some website development and have Apache running to serve these pages), the other is LastPass. I assume that other password managers have a similar page.

    I shall investigate satrow's suggestion though.

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    I found the new tab page still too busy, so I too will look into satrow's suggestion (start.me).

    Thanks to everybody for your suggestions.

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    After making the html, I told all three browsers to use as home page my bkmrk.htm file [located in my data partition], which is a simple, no animation, listing of places I normally want to go -- when I'm ready.
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
    http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forum...-Technologies/

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    I've started using DuckDuckGo for my home page and Search engine.
    https://duckduckgo.com/

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    Roland:
    How do you make an .htm file out of an IE Favorites folder?
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    1. In the IE toolbar, select File > Import and export.

    2. Select Export to a file.

    3. Check Favorites.

    4. Highlight the Favorites folder (default).

    5. Click Next. You will be shown the path and name of the .htm file. (default is C:\Users\Your User Name\Documents\Bookmarks.htm.

    6. Open the file in Internet Explorer.

    7. Click on Tools > Internet options.

    8. In the General tab, Home page section, click on Use current.

    The next time you open IE, your bookmarks will be your home page.

    The drawback, of course, is that each time you add a new bookmark, you would have to do all of the above steps again to have it show on the home page.
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    I'm surprised that no one mentioned igHome (http://www.ighome.com/). This home page website started when Google ended their iGoogle customizable home page a year or two ago. The beauty of igHome is that it is completely customizable. You can make it as simple or complex as you want. It also has 12 spaces across the top for your most used links which are editable in the "Preferences" as "Black Bar Links". You will find that igHome looks the same as your home page in every browser. I find that igHome is better than iGoogle ever was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by access-mdb View Post
    my own home page (created by me as I used to do some website development and have Apache running to serve these pages)
    I roll my own too, without any need for Apache or anything else. Just put the disk path [ie location of your HTM file] into the browser's Home Page URL location. Maintenance is very easy with free Expression Web--pin EW on your Taskbar, pin your home page file in EW's taskbar icon, launch in WYSIWYG view, click the link icon on EW's toolbar, and paste the URL of your new bookmark into the dialog box which pops up. Then a friendly name for the bookmark, and you're done--no coding.

    It may sound long-winded, but it became second nature for me quickly, especially after seeing the benefits become clearer. I always found bookmark mgt cumbersome and under-powered in IE, hope it's better in other browsers--especially during significant OS or browser version upgrades. My way allows me a much better visual interface [you can create other HTM pages on your local disk too, and link to them in your myhome.htm file] with categories highlighted, links reliably ordered as I want, related links on their own lines within a category, color coding, commenting etc. Ie, whatever works best for your needs.

    Of course, this works best with a lot of bookmarks, where the extra medium/long-term advantages outweigh the short-term slightly longer 'add bookmark' process. I got the idea originally from John Dvorak's Home Page.

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    Thanks Mike, that's another way to go. However, I had Apache for development of a couple of websites and though I no longer do this, I still keep it going (inertia!). It means I can do more with the page than simple text (I want to do my own website one day!).

    But your suggestion is good as well.

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    When Google Reader went away, I switched to NetVibes (http://www.netvibes.com). It has the advantage of being able to pull RSS feeds plus displaying links and personalized info. It is free.

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