The Favorite Start Page

To hide this help page, click the help button or on the background around the boxes, or press the Escape key.



Set start page

About boxes

To open a box or a sub-folder, hold the mouse pointer over the title. Move the mouse pointer outside a box to close it.

Boxes do not close if you hold the mouse pointer over the help page, or near the top, right or bottom edges when the scrollbar is enabled.

About importing

You can recreate all the links on this page by clicking the import button.

Importing will first remove all the links currently on the page, so please make sure all links on this page that you want to keep already exist in your Internet Explorer favorites. If not, please click the export button first.

When importing, the order of items will be preserved if possible. The order of links within a folder will be preserved if the folder name stays the same.

About exporting

Click the export button to add every link on this page to your Internet Explorer favorites.

Links that already exist in your Internet Explorer favorites will be overwritten only if you have checked the overwrite checkbox under settings.

Any structure of folders and subfolders will be preserved during importing and exporting.

About editing

You can move or delete links and rearrange boxes on this page using drag-and-drop.

Here is an example:   To delete a link, move the mouse pointer over the link and click the left mouse button. Move the mouse while holding left mouse button down. The Recycle Box will appear. Move the mouse pointer over it and let go of the mouse button. The link is now marked for deletion. The undo button will appear. You can click it to move the link back to its original position. Links in the Recycle Box will be deleted from both this page and your Internet Explorer favorites when you click the save button.

Clicking save will first apply all changes you have made and then import your Internet Explorer favorites. This will replace all the links on this page, ensuring that this page is synchronized with your Internet Explorer favorites.

To rename items or move subfolders, you can use the Organize Favorites feature on the Favorites menu in Internet Explorer. Afterwards, click the import button to update this page.


Please note that settings are not in the undo-redo sequence.

Lines4Number of lines in closed boxes.
Columns4Max number of boxes on a row.
Font size80%Either a percentage or an absolute size (e.g. 9pt).
New windowOpen each link in a new browser window. You can also press the Shift key while clicking.
Leave boxLeave the current box open after you click a link.
Auto scrollScroll when the mouse pointer is near the top or bottom of the page.
Show buttonsShow buttons on the right hand side. Press Escape to show the help page.
Show icons hide and stay will make icons visible when a box is opened, but hide will hide icons when it closes.
Force iconsWill download more non-cached icons, but may cause browser warnings and other annoyances.
Sort boxes Sort boxes when importing or saving. size means by max height when opened and title means alphabetically. Will be set to off if you start to arrange boxes manually.
Graphics cacheIcons and skin images will be stored in a folder on your hard disk. Click here to empty the cache. Answer Yes if you click the browse button and get a warning.
Hide bad iconsHides icons which could not be cached. Will be unchecked if you start to hide or unhide icons manually by Ctrl-clicking on links. Click here to unhide all icons.
Reload iconsCheck for a newer version of all icons (once).
Export icons Modifies icon location for favorites created or overwritten when exporting. Select cache for changing from the web to the cache, web for changing from the cache to the web or keep for the last imported location.
OverwriteExisting favorites will be overwritten when exporting (but never deleted).
Allow unicodeIf checked, the start.html will be saved in unicode (two bytes per character) whenever necessary. Unicode covers practically every language in the world. If unchecked, only one byte per character will be used, and some characters may be replaced with a square ().


Click to select a skin, and adjust font size here:


Please read this privacy notice:   When you download and use one of the online skins, that information is logged by the web server and used to calculate that skin's popularity. No personal information about you is transmitted.


The search buttons lets you search directly in most search engines. Simply type a search phrase and click on a button to search. The search box is automatically activated when you press a key, so you don't have to click it before you start typing. Press Enter to search using the default button. Press Tab or Shift+Tab to select a different button. To change which button is default, click on a row in the table below.

To add a button for a search engine, do the following:

  1. Do an empty search in a search engine, for example AllTheWeb.
  2. Copy the URL of the resulting search page, which for AllTheWeb is
  3. Back on this page, click the add button below the table.
  4. Enter the name you want to appear on the button and paste in the URL you copied. If the search engine does not allow empty searches, search for the word hello instead and remove the string hello from the URL after pasting. Leave the URL blank to find a link on this page only.


This program may be used, distributed and/or modified under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

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