Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox are three software applications commonly used to browse the Web. Each browser gives users the ability to adjust configuration settings, called “preferences,” to suit their Web surfing habits and security requirements. Personalize your browser by changing its default settings. The options and menus vary depending on the browser that you are using.
Open your browser from the Windows Start menu or by clicking the browser’s icon on the desktop or task bar.
Keep pen and paper handy to record the original settings so you can return to that configuration if needed.
Put check marks in the boxes next to each option that you want to change or click a box containing a check mark to disable any settings that you don’t want to keep. Some settings have radio button or require that you open a menu and select your choice. For the other option, you might type text, such as a URL, into an input field.
Click the “Wrench” icon at the top right corner of any Chrome window to access the Tools menu. Choose “Options” from the drop-down menu.
Review the four sections of the sidebar in the Options window. The Basics, Personal and Under the Hood sections contain the primary user preferences that Chrome applies by default to cookies, themes, download locations and other browsing activities. The Extensions section displays a list of installed add-ones.
Customize your settings by clicking on a section title in the sidebar to see its defaults. Change the default to the option you prefer.
Close the “Options” menu by clicking the “X” at the right of its tab. Once you close the tab, Chrome automatically saves your changes.
Click on the tabs in the Options menu to view the user preferences that you can change. Modifying the Firefox defaults for General, Tabs, Content, Applications, Privacy, Security, Sync and Advanced affects the browser’s appearance, homepage, password features and other important behaviors.
Click “OK” to save your changes in each section. Firefox automatically closes the options window. Reopen it to make changes in another section.
Open the Internet Explorer “Tools” menu by clicking its icon – a sprocket – at the top right corner of any Internet Explorer window. Choose “Internet Options” from the menu to see the current settings.
Customize your preferences such as the browser language, homepage and content restrictions by changing the default configurations under the General, Security, Privacy, Content, Connections, Programs and Advanced tabs in the Internet Options window.
Modify your settings by clicking the title of any tab to view its available options. Click “OK” to save any changes that you make and to close the Internet Options window when you finish.