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How to change the displayed name of IE7 home page Tabs

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Does anyone know how to change the displayed name of IE7 home page Tabs.  For example, if you add www.experts-exchange.com as one of your home pages, the Tab will read "Experts Exchange, the #1 IT ... etc"

I know this is taking the <title> of the page but how do I change this like all other favorite links?
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Question by:sndip
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keola75 earned 500 total points
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From what I've been able to find out, this option is not yet available.  The title is part of the web pages source code and that is what is displayed as the header.  It's definitely a sought after feature that many users want.  I'm sorry I couldn't give you the information you seek.  I know I would definitely like to be able to change my tab headers.

-keola75
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by:lovewithnoface
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Keola's right--as far as I know.  And I believe that extends to most tabbed browsers, though I wouldn't say that of open source browsers because they tend to have extensions for everything under the sun.  Actually I just checked....Firefox does have an extension for this.

https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2987/

Hmmm....maybe I'll download that extension.  Open source rocks!
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by:lovewithnoface
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Oooopss...that's the wrong extension....thats a randomizer one.

Here's a good one though:

https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1298/

and there are more than one real ones...
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by:dragonjim
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Firefox allows it through extension (as noted).

The "displayed name" is grabbed from the code used to author the webpage...

In HTML / XHTML . etc for example it is from the <TITLE> / <title /> attribute.

IE7 does not include the capability to change from the name pulled from TITLE.
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by:qwekovaqwe
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one solution FOR IR is to create an own (local webpage) with a META REFRESH tag that redirects to your to-be home page - you can set the title there as you wish ;)

example:
<!-- Redirect to another webpage/website after a given time period (in this case 10 seconds; put 0 if you want it to be instant (almost)) -->
<html>
<head>
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="10;url=http://www.experts-exchange.com/" />
<title>YOUR OWN VERY COOL TITLE</title>
</head>
<body>redirecting...</body>
</html>
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by:sndip
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qwekovaqwe, after the page is redirected, the Tab takes the title of the new page and does not keep "YOUR OWN VERY COOL TITLE".  Also, how would one add this page to the home pages in IE?  I am unable to add "c:\test.htm" so my only guess would be to host IIS on my local machine just to route this and this is more troubling then waiting for Microsoft to fix this issue.
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by:lovewithnoface
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Do you need to use IE7?  Or can you use another tabbed browser like Firefox.  It's open source so if you don't find an extension you like, you can always make your own.  I even downloaded an extension to change the graphics on a specific site so that the site was readable.
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by:qwekovaqwe
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sndip indeed :P you are right.
you could use a FRAME on the local page instead of redirecting to the internet one :P

and yes you can add the file to ie7 localy lol
just in a form of: file:///c:/test.htm for example ;)
yeah its funny but you can go to file > open and open the page and then add it :P

sorry for my mistake :P
have fun
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by:sndip
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lovewithnoface, I agree FireFox is the way to go but unfortunately I have to deal with IE too.
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by:lovewithnoface
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Erm, I'd accept keola75's answer. This isn't a good solution, the author had problems with it originally, and t using a frame won't help anyway because the title is taken from the main page portion, not the frame.
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