Get More Wow From Your Browser’s Start Page

Get More Wow From Your Browser’s Start Page

July 20, 2015 0 By Bill WIlkinson

How much benefit do you get from your browser’s Startup page (the page that loads first)?

If it comes up blank or, worse yet, is filled with today’s (bad) news, setting it to open with the Astronomy Picture Of The Day will almost never disappoint.

Astronomy Picture Of The Day

An Astronomy Picture Of The Day

Every day a new image appears on it, and each includes a short explanation of what you’re looking at written by real scientists who know what they’re taking about.  These amazing images showcase some of the coolest things going on in science, which is a good reason to show them in your classroom every so often.

Here’s how to set up the Chrome browser to start with today’s picture of the day (at the end are steps for the Explorer browser):

    1. In the upper-right corner click Customize and control Google Chrome

      Click Customize and control Google Chrome

      Click this in the upper-right corner of the browser.

    2. Go down to Settings

      Go down to Settings

      ‘Settings’ is near the bottom of the list of options.

    3. In the On startup section select Open a specific page or set of pages and then click Set pages

      Select Open a specific page and click 'Set pages'

      Select ‘Open a specific page’ button and then click ‘Set pages’

    4. A box pops up asking for the link.  If there’s another Startup page already listed there, X it out.

      A box pops up asking for the url

      This box appears, asking for the link you want your new start page to be.

    5. In another tab open the APOD (Astronomy Picture Of The Day) page; copy the link for it

      Copy the url for apod

      You need to copy this link so it can be pasted in the Startup Pages box

    6. Paste the APOD link in the space for Add a new page –> then click OK

      Paste the link you just copied into this box.

      Paste the link you just copied in this box.

    7. Quit the Chrome browser, and when you restart it the APOD site will load first.  You and your students can now enjoy the benefits of having set your browser to start with this incredible site!

      Astronomy Picture Of The Day

      Quit Chrome. Now you’ll be treated to the A.P.O.D. when you start your browser.


If you use Internet Explorer, here is what you’ll do:

      1. In the upper-right click Tools (represented by a little cog wheel)
      2. Go to Internet Options
      3. Paste the link for APOD into the box located first in the Home Page section; then click OK.  That’s it!

 

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Besides the Astronomy Picture Of The Day, what other sites do you think would make a great Startup page?  Leave thoughts about this- or anything else on your mind- below.  (I’m always looking for practical and useful things to write about.)

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