To change the home page for Internet Explorer, click "Tools" (or the little picture of a gear, depending on your version), then "Internet Options", then click on the "General" tab. The section for "Home Page" is at the top. If you are currently at the page you want to use as your home page, you can click the "Use current" button. If not, you can type the URL of the page you want in the box and click "Apply" at the bottom.
To use Internet Explorer for FTP, type the FTP address of the server you wish to use in the address bar. To FTP to your ONID account you can use: "ftp://ftp.onid.orst.edu". Next, enter your username and password at the prompt. Your ONID space will them appear in your browser. To be able to drag and drop files, click "page" then click "Open FTP Site in Windows Explorer". You will then be able to click and drag the files you want to work with.
To set Internet Explorer as your default web browser, open Internet Explorer, click the "Tools" (or the little picture of a gear, depending on your version) menu, and choose "Internet Options". In the window that comes up click on the Programs tab and check the box that says "Tell me if Internet Explorer is not the default web browser", then click the "Make Default" button. Click "Apply" at the bottom and then "OK".
To sort the Internet Explorer Favorites alphabetically, click the "Favorites" menu in Internet Explorer, right click any of the folders or websites in the list and choose "Sort by Name."