Customize Google Homepage
You can customize Google homepage widgets when you sign into your Google account. The homepage, found at iGoogle, features local information, new Gmail messages, featured YouTube videos, the weather and much more. You can add or take away from these widgets, as well as edit them, as you wish.
You will need:
- Google account
- Sign into your Google account. You can do this at Google.com or at Google.com/ig.
- Take a look at the current widgets and see what you want to change. By default, you’ll see Weather, Date and Time and YouTube on the top and Gmail and CNN on the bottom.
- Click and drag a widget to change its order. You’ll see a little crosshairs mouse cursor when you hover over a widget. Drag it into the location you’d rather see it in, then drop it.
- Change the theme. Select “Change Theme from Classic” to choose between cooler themes like stars, thunder, carbon fiber and theme of the day.
- Add more gadgets. Click the “Add Stuff” button at the top right of the page, and you’ll experience a whole new world of Google homepage gadgets. Need a new pet? Add a hamster or turtle to the mix. Want to laugh? Add the Yo Mamma Joke of the Day app. Want to look like you’re actually doing something productive? Click on the “Finance” or “Technology” or “Politics” categories on the left side panel to pick something that looks productive.
- Make iGoogle your Google homepage. You won’t enjoy all this stuff when you open up the browser unless you make iGoogle your homepage. Just click the button with that text at the top of the page, and you’ll make it your Google homepage.
- Edit individual gadgets. Select the “Down” arrow on any gadget to change the location from which it’s getting the weather information or to delete the gadget entirely.