Customize “Use Default Homepage” Button URL in Internet Explorer Options

We all know that we can change Homepage URL in Internet Explorer using Internet Options window. Simply click on Tools -> Internet Options and type the desired URL in given textbox.

Internet Explorer also allows you to set a blank page or current page as Homepage using the same Internet Options window.

Did you ever try using "Use default" button given in Internet Options window? When you click on it, it sets the homepage to Microsoft's own URL.

In this tutorial, we'll tell you how to change this built-in URL. So that you can assign a custom URL to this "Use default" button. It might be very useful for administrators who want to set the button URL to their company website.


So without wasting time, here we start our tutorial:

1. Type regedit in RUN dialog box or Start menu Search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

3. In right-side pane, change value of Default_Page_URL to your desired URL.


4. That's it. Now whenever a user clicks on "Use default" button in Internet Options window, it'll set the IE homepage to your pre-defined URL.

PS: If you want a ready-made registry script to do the task automatically, download following ZIP file, extract it and run the extracted REG file:

Download Registry Script

By default, the above registry script assigns URL to "Use default" button. You can change it by editing .REG file in Notepad and replace the URL with your desired one.

Also Check:

How to Restrict Users from Changing Internet Explorer Homepage Settings?

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  • I've used the button, but never changed the default before... Good post.

  • Good...Good!

  • it's old tweak

  • Excellent trick. thnx.

  • Nice one :)

  • I've been using this for a while to either fix adware/spyware links or just use something more practical.

  • Fine....
    now a have Google as Default page again...
    Another Website opened when I started Internet Explorer, and it wasnt my Homepage...
    Thanks for the post!!!

  • Good hint to remove or change default page, which in my case was a virüs page (sweet something).
    But in my registry "Default_Page_URL " was not existing. So I added this key and the value which is my preferred default web page.
    thanks alot.

  • I just had to comment on this one. Thank you so much I was annoyed because my default homepage was set to a malware that was downloaded previously and couldn't find anywhere where it tells you how to change the default setting. However this trick now let me change the annoying setting! Thanks also to the person who left a comment about creating the registry, because mine was also non-existent but from the hint I created the new registry and now it works! Thanks!!

  • Thank you very much.. Very useful thread

  • This is a great fix!
    I have spent the last few hours trying to change the homepage default address which had been hijacked by ww.istart.webrowser . I found it easy to change my homepage but it bugged me that I could not remove the intruder from the default.
    I will be browsing you website for some more useful tips

  • Thank you so much!

  • Thaks a lot..

  • Really useful info but unfortunately hasn't worked for me.
    Trying to reset Default_Page_URL as above but when I try to edit the URL to what I want (Yahoo) it says it cannot amend the existing entry. Any ideas on next steps as the current site is malware from somewhere and is very annoying as it defaults to Page warning site when it opens. Thanks

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