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An iPad Homepage

Complaints about the iPad are few and far between but I do hear one complaint — or perhaps it’s more of a disappointment — on a regular basis: “I wish I could designate a particular page that would open every time I open my browser (Safari) the way I did on my computer.”

You can.

On your computer, your web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Chrome) opens to the same page every time: the page you designated as your homepage. On your iPad, the web browser (Safari) opens to the last webpage you viewed, no matter how long ago it was. Many people find this disconcerting.

If you wish to open to a particular webpage each time you access the internet, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the page that you wish to make your homepage by typing in its web address or Googling it.
  2. Tap the “Action” button on the tool bar on the upper left portion of the screen. (The Action button is a little rectangle with a right-pointing arrow going through it).
  3. Tap on the “Add to Home Screen” choice from the drop-down menu.
  4. Accept or change the name of the page that is offered.
  5. Ciick “Add.”

This action will create an icon on your iPad’s home screen (the screen with all of your icons that appears when you push the iPad Home Button).

Once you have this icon on the home screen, tap on it — rather than on the “Safari” icon — to open Safari to the page you chose.

For those of you who like to see the same familiar page when you open your internet browser, this tip will make using your iPad more enjoyable.