Windows 10: starting over again, with W10

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  1.    21 Feb 2016 #1

    starting over again, with W10

    Just got new HP W10 laptop back from HP repair. Now I have to start over. I'm not good at this stuff, and I got real confused before on here. It has this "edge" browser. I want the IE, and have it open to m y yahoo email homepage. It seems to be a major issue just to do a desktop shortcut, it's not simple like W8. I just cant seem to figure things out to get things the way I want. I need real basic easy to understand lingo. This W10 really messing me up. So far, things still seem messed up right after HP overhaul, and/or I just can't get a grasp on W10 system after using W8.

    I want to use IE11, have it open to my yahoo email page
    Want google as default search, not the 'bing thing'
    want to be able to make desktop shortcuts, for things like google, yahoo, etc.
    Are these 3 things considered complicated? I fouled it up before.
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  2. dencal's Avatar
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    W10 Pro + W10 Preview
       21 Feb 2016 #2

    Type int in Cortana IE and on taskbar at bottom right click mouse on IE icon on taskbar and choose pin to taskbar.
    Open page you wish as home page....there is usually an option on it ie- Yahoo.
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  3. philc43's Avatar
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    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1809 Build 17763.1 and W10 Insider Build 18252
       21 Feb 2016 #3

    Hello :)

    You are not alone in finding W10 frustrating to start using and become familiar with.

    There are a number of good tutorials on this site which are aimed to make things simple to follow by extensive use of screen shots to show you how to do things.

    Try this one to get Internet Explorer as your default browser:
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  4. philc43's Avatar
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    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1809 Build 17763.1 and W10 Insider Build 18252
       21 Feb 2016 #4

    If you want to add a website address as a shortcut on the desktop simply right click on the desktop and select New and then Shortcut.

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    In the window that opens type in the website address that you want for your shortcut:

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    Click next and give the shortcut a name, you are then done!
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  5.    21 Feb 2016 #5

    dencal - I have IE on the taskbar now (desktop shrtct??). Is it supposed to be blank :"HTTP 403 Forbidden" because I don't have homepage? And, when I bring up yahoo email, there is no place to click to make it homepage, but on the "403" page, it has the yahoo email homepage address in the box.
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  6.    21 Feb 2016 #6

    philc43 - when I try that, the dsktp shrtct is blank white box, I click it, and I get blank page.
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  7. philc43's Avatar
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    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1809 Build 17763.1 and W10 Insider Build 18252
       21 Feb 2016 #7

    ImLost said: View Post
    philc43 - when I try that, the dsktp shrtct is blank white box, I click it, and I get blank page.
    Did you try the tutorial in post#3 to set IE as your default browser before you created the shortcut? You may need to do this to ensure the shortcut works!
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  8.    22 Feb 2016 #8

    philc43 - that did it. Why the heck did msoft change that, it was so basic-simple before, 2 clicks.
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  9.    28 Feb 2016 #9

    Been away awhile, now my IE homepage opens to yahoo email log-in box instead of the mail itself. Working erratic and slow, starting to thing the factory re-do of this brand new laptop didn't help a lot. About 2 minutes for cold start, then a restart takes....longer?? Cant get it to open up with then actual mail again.
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  10.    28 Feb 2016 #10

    Yahoo will periodically (about every 2 weeks) log you out. You will then get the log-in screen instead of going directly to mail. In case you need to re-set your homepage, navigate to the page you want, click the gear icon in the upper right (just under the red x) and click "Internet Options" near the bottom of the menu. When that opens, the top entry on the first tab is "Home Page". Click "Use Current", then close. All done.

    If you would like a more traditional Windows interface, try Classic Shell Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements

    It gives you back the traditional Windows menu style that disappeared when Windows 8 (cursed be thy name) arrived on the scene.
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