Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Customizing Your Google Home Page

Once you have your Google home page set up, the next step is to customize it for you. By doing so, you can ensure that you're getting the information you want, while removing the stuff you don't want.

Once you've logged into your Google home page, you'll see a couple of links labeled, "Themes for Causes" and "Add Stuff".

The "Add Stuff" link will help you add RSS feeds and gadgets (like weather and calendar) that you're interested in. There are loads of gadgets and to make them easier to find, Google has separated them into categories (like tools, sports, finance, etc.).

In addition to the weather and calendar gadget, I tend to favor the "bookmarks" gadget and my favorite RSS feeds.

When you find one you like, simply click the "Add it Now" button under it. When done, click the "back to iGoogle home" link at top of page. If you hold the left mouse button down on the title bar of the gadget, you can drag and drop it anywhere you like on the page.

The "Themes for Causes" link allows you customize your Google page for a holiday, sports, or other theme. Some folks like to do this, some don't. It's a personal preference thing. But check it out to get a feel for how it works.

Having a Google home page can make your internet experience easier and more enjoyable. So give it a try.

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