Set browser default homepage for all users

The Internet is a double-edged sword for many businesses. It enables workers to find information in mere seconds, but employees can end up abusing their online permissions. Administrators should put in place specific policies limiting Web access for workers, including one that sets the default homepage for all computer users. To change the default homepage in Internet Explorer, use Local Group Policy Editor; to change the default home page in Mozilla Firefox, create the appropriate configuration files.

Internet Explorer

Step 1Click “Start” and type “gpedit.msc” into the search box. Press “Enter” to run Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2Select “User Configuration,” “Administrative Templates,” “Windows Components” and then “Internet Explorer” from the left pane.

Step 3Right-click “Disable Changing Home Page Settings” from the right pane and then click “Edit.” Click “Enabled.”

Step 4Enter the website address into the “Home Page” field. Click “OK” to set the default homepage in Internet Explorer.

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1Click “Start” and type “notepad” into the search box. Select “notepad.exe” from the search results.

Step 2Copy and paste the following text into Notepad:
[XRE] EnableProfileMigrator=false
Save the file to your desktop with the name “override.ini”. This will disable the Migration Wizard.

Step 3Click “File” and then click “New.” Copy and paste the following text:
pref(“general.config.obscure_value”, 0); pref(“general.config.filename”, “mozilla.cfg”);
Save the file to the desktop as “local-settings.js” to lock the configuration file.

Step 4Create a new file, then copy and paste the following text:
// set Firefox Default homepage pref(“browser.startup.homepage”, “http://<website>&#8221;);
Replace “<website>” with the URL of the target homepage. Save the file as “mozilla.cfg”.

Step 5Right-click “Start” and click “Open Windows Explorer.” Navigate to “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox.”

Step 6Go to the desktop. Hold down “Ctrl” and select the files “override.ini” and “mozilla.cfg.” Drag the files over the Windows Explorer icon on the taskbar to re-open the window. Drop both files into the Mozilla Firefox folder.

Step 7Navigate to “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\defaults\pref.” Go to the desktop, select “local-settings.js” and drag-and-drop the file into the “pref” folder by following the same instructions as in the preceding step. This will set the default homepage for all users.

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