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more could a girl want? 16 C h a p t e r 2 Customizing Your Google Experience with iGoogle Customizing Your iGoogle Page Gadgets are mini-programs that embed in your iGoogle page. If you’re like me and want to use your iGoogle page as a sort of home base, gadgets are an invaluable tool. Adding and Removing Gadgets It’s much easier to remove a gadget than it is to add one. Both tasks are completed with only a few clicks, but adding a gadget requires going through the gadget library to find
make a one-time change, use the tools on the Advanced Search page of the search service you’re using. Figure 9-1: The top half of the Google Search Preferences page. 113 Customizing Your Searches Use the first section, entitled Interface Language, to set the language in which messages and tips are displayed. This only changes the language of the left navigation bar, top of screen links, and displayed search tips and suggestions. It does not change the language of search results. All the
Subject. This hides all labels so you can read the entire subject line. When you return to your larger screened machine, simply return to Google Labs and disable the feature. 152 C h a p t e r 1 1 Managing Messages Figure 11-6: Custom color picker for Gmail labels. Using Multiple Labels Gmail enables you to tag a single e‑mail with more than one label. For me, this means the ability to add already tagged e‑mail to my To Do list, or mark that e‑mail as forwarded to an associate. Multiple
some of the available filter options. Keep in mind that filter options may change based on your Gmail settings and the labs you have enabled. Figure 11-9: Define the action(s) to be applied to e‑mails that meet the criteria. When you’re finished, click Create Filter. Turning Your Gmail into an External Hard Drive Have you ever wanted to save a file online in case you need it while you’re away from your computer? GmailDrive lets you assign your Gmail account a drive letter so you can easily
outside those countries are listed at www.google .com/voice/b/0/rates, or click your available amount on the right side. In Figure 11-17, this amount is $0.10. Then click Rates from the drop-down menu. Figure 11-17: Google Voice telephone tools within Gmail. NO TE Be sure Google Voice is enabled. Go to the Chat tab from within Gmail Settings. Look for the section called Call Phones. Make sure Enable Outbound Voice Calling with Google Voice is checked. This is the default Gmail setting.