Make a custom Google home page

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could have all of your vital information, news, email, etc all come up on your home page? It is possible – courtesy of Google. You wouldn’t believe all that is available.

First, you need a Google account. If you already use Gmail for your email service, that account will work. Otherwise, go to www.gmail.com and create a free account.

Next, go to www.google.com and sign in if you are not already signed in. Then click on the “Get Started” link to personalize your home page (alternatively, you might see a link for “personalized home page which can also be used).

The first thing to customize is the theme (click on “Select Theme” in the top right). I like the sunrise/sunset theme.

Then, click on “Add stuff”. What stuff is there to add, you ask? Almost anything you can think of. I have the weather conditions and forecast for Safety Harbor, Florida and Waldoboro, Maine. I also have news headlines, my Gmail inbox, Mortgage Rate watch, the “Interesting Thing of the Day” and a few other things. Be prepared to spend some time – there are many little widgets that you can add to this page. And you can move them around to where you like them just by dragging!

Once you have it the way you like it, set this to be your home page (under Tools – Options – click on Use Current Page).

Here is a wonderful video about a soldier coming back home from Iraq and surprising his 6-year old son:

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