Launch Internet Explorer in Windows XP without connecting to the Web

Launching Internet Explorer from Windows XP doesn't mean you have to connect to the Internet or go to your home page. Greg Shultz tells how to launch Internet Explorer by drawing a blank page.

When you launch Internet Explorer from within Windows XP, the default configuration is to automatically connect you to the Web site you've configured as your home page. However, there may be times when you want to launch Internet Explorer without connecting to your designated home page.

For example, maybe you'd like to visit another site and don't want to have to wait for the home page to load before you can access the other site. Maybe you just want to open HTML documents stored on your hard disk. Fortunately, you can easily configure Internet Explorer to launch without connecting to any page on the Web by enabling the Use Blank option. Here's how:

  1. Right-click the Internet Explorer icon on the very top of the Start menu and select Internet Properties.
  2. Click the Use Blank button in the Home Page panel. Now you'll see the command about:blank appear in the Address text box.
  3. To enable this option, click the OK button.

Note: This tip applies to both Windows XP Home and Professional.

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About Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

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