ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Getting started with iGoogle

Updated on June 19, 2008

A great space to keep it all in one place

Google offers many free tools, and one of my favorites the iGoogle page. This is a free "tool" that is both fun to use and a powerful way to keep up to date on things that interest me and stay organized. (Something I can always use help with!)

To start, go to This will auto flip over to Either URL works. Once there you will see a screen similar to the screenshot below.

Getting started

Start page for iGoogle
Start page for iGoogle

Initial customization of your page

Click on the topics that interest you. These are very easy to delete or add to later on, so don't worry too much about picking the "right" ones.

Select a theme. Like the topics, very easy to change later on, and many more options once you are signed up.

Choose your location. You don't need to add your zip code, but if you do, sections will be updated for local times and conditions. For example, the weather section will be for your local area. Additionally, many of the themes update with different graphics throughout the day, depending on the local time.

Finally, click on the see your page button.

You will then be brought to your new temporary page. You can customize the page by grabbing the top of each module, called a gadget, and drag-drop where you want it on the page.

Drag and drop modules and put them where you want them.
Drag and drop modules and put them where you want them.

Customizing your iGoogle page

You can delete gadgets that you aren't interested in and add more by clicking on the "Add stuff" link on the right at the base of the header image.

This is also where you can choose a new theme (page header, color scheme) by clicking on the "Select theme" link.

The "Add a tab" link allows you to generate a new tab. The label you give this tab will generate "stuff" (gadgets) based on that name if you check the box. Google will then load your new tab with gadgets that you may like. You can always delete them if they are not what you want.

Tabs, themes and stuff.
Tabs, themes and stuff.

Choosing themes and gadgets

Have fun! There are many to choose from. Some are fabulous, some not as fabulous. If I am looking for a particular tool or gadget for my page, I will add 2 or 3 different ones to see what one works the best and what user interface is the best for me. I then delete the extras.

Each tab page can have its own theme and own gadgets.

The themes vary widely on how well they work with the layout, the color scheme, etc. Two of my favorites were two of the original Google themes, Aja Tiger and Tea House. I was happily surprised to see the adorable characters doing different tasks throughout the day (related to my time zone).

One thing to note: if you select a theme or a gadget, it will automatically add to the tab you had open when you went to add the new element.

If you added a gadget to the wrong tab, you can simply drag-drop them to the correct tab. For themes, you will need to load the tab you want the theme on and click "select theme" for that page.

Below are a couple (of the many) "views" of the Tea House fox throughout the day.

Fox in the morning, Fox at dinner

Do you iGoogle?

I hope that this hub has been helpful as an introduction to this fun desktop tool/personal web page. Please post your own iGoogle tips or questions in the comments. Thanks!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      This will be useful for me. At present I just use google affiliate adds etc

    • Marlene_OnTheWall profile image


      10 years ago from Singapore

      I really like iGoogle too. Drag-and-drop makes it really easy to arrange the page, and they have some useful gadgets you can add on. I particularly like the sticky note. So convenient for writing short reminders or stuff that comes to you while you're on the computer.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)