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How to Make iGoogle Your Homepage

by James Wright ; Updated September 15, 2017

iGoogle is a customizable home page created and organized by Google. It makes use of your Google account to provide a custom page that uses the Google search bar and a mix of different themes, styles and gadgets, which are essentially miniature applications. Gadgets can check your email, show you the news or weather and do many other things. You can set iGoogle as your home page in any of the major Internet browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Chrome.

Visit Google.com. When the top menu bar appears, click "iGoogle" in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

Sign into your Google account using the sign in link on the page that appears, if you aren't already logged in. When you return to the main iGoogle page, click the link on the top left below the search bar that says "Make iGoogle my homepage."

Follow the directions on the following page that tell you how to modify your browser to accept iGoogle as your new homepage. If the link does not appear or the instructions on that page do not work, open the settings of your browser. In the URL field for your current home page, delete the current text and type or paste "http://www.google.com/ig" then save your settings.

Test your home page by clicking the "Home" button on your browser. You should be taken directly to your iGoogle page.

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Based in California, James Wright has been writing since 1998. Wright's articles have been published on various websites with a focus on technical fields such as computers and the Internet, and were also featured in a now-retired publication for an online artistic community. Wright studied English, journalism, politics and psychology at Riverside Community College.

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