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The term home page has two distinct and only semi-related meanings.
1) The page of a web site that is displayed when no specific page is specified. For example, the page that you see when you visit http://askleo.comis its home page. This is typically referred to as the website’s home page.
2) The page that is displayed by default when you start a web browser without specifying a specific page to be displayed. For example, when you run Internet Explorer (perhaps by just clicking on its icon) it typically displays a default page fetched from the internet. This is referred to as “your” home page, and every web browser allows you to configure that default page to be whatever you wish.
The word "home" comes from the use of the Home key on a keyboard to return to the start page at any time. (Home was a standard key long before the Web existed.) Many browsers also provide a button in the shape of a house for this.