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www.google.com/ig Not too long ago, iGoogle was better known as Google Personalized Homepage. iGoogle lets you create a customized homepage that you can set as your browser's default page with all you want to see when you fire it up.
Add The Weather Gadget
One of the gadgets you can add to the iGoogle page is Weather, which gives you a forecast for the next few days, along with other information like wind speed and humidity. The Weather gadget is usually on by default; if it isn't, click on Add Stuff. Here you'll find Calendar under the popular section. Click on “Add it now”. Go back to the iGoogle main page. Click the drop-down button under Weather, and click Edit Settings. Select UK as the Country/Region and choose your city. Click Add and then Save.
Change The Theme
Google recently added theme support for iGoogle. Google also gives you with a nice bunch of themes to choose from. Click on the “Select theme” link. Choose one of the themes and click Save. Certain themes change with the weather in your region, so you might have to enter your city name.
Move Gadgets Around
Gadgets can be moved around the page. This means you can have the more important gadgets on top and the less important ones below. Moving gadgets can be done by clicking the title bar of a gadget and dragging to its destination. The gadget will automatically dock alongside the other gadgets.
Make Your Own Gadgets
Google gives you a base to start off with your own little Gadgets. To add your own Gadgets, click on Add Stuff. Then, click on “Create your own gadget”. You will come to a page with an option to choose between some seven presets. Click on a preset suitable for the Gadget you’re planning on making. Enter the information for that Gadget and click on “Preview gadget” to get an idea of what it will look like. If you're pleased with the results, click on “Create gadget”.
Add A New Tab
If you reach a point when there are too many gadgets in your iGoogle page, you can choose to put the less important ones in a new tab. Click on the “Add a tab” link. You will be asked to enter a name for the tab. Once the tab is created, you can click on Add Stuff to add new Gadgets to that tab. You can also move Gadgets from one tab to another by clicking the title bar of the Gadget and dragging it into the tab name.
Add Feeds To iGoogle
iGoogle lets you do some basic feed reading as well. The steps are similar to adding Gadgets. Click on Add Stuff. Click on “Add by URL” next to the search button. Enter the URL for the feed and click Add. Next, click on Close, and go to the main iGoogle Page. You will find the feed listing there. You can change the number of news items displayed by clicking on the drop-down and selecting “Edit settings”. Use the drop-down to change the number of news items and click Save.
View Gadget Source
Anyone can view the source code for Gadgets. Click on the drop-down in the title bar of a Gadget and click “About this gadget”. A new page with comments from users will be displayed. Click on the “View source” link to view the source for the Gadget. On the right panel, lists of similar gadgets are displayed for you to choose from.
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