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Section 36. Use and Customize the Sidebar

Section 36. Use and Customize the Sidebar

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TurnontheSidebar

ToturnontheSidebar,right-clicktheGoogleDesktopicon

inthesystemtrayandchoosetheSidebaroption.The

SidebarpanelappearsontherightsideofyourPC'sdesktop.

DisplayInformationfromaModule

TheSidebarhasseparatemodulesthatdisplaymanykinds

ofinformation:

Emaildisplaysyourmostrecentlyreceivedemails,

whetherornotyou'veactuallyreadtheemailmessages.

Newsdisplaysnewsfromavarietyofwebsites.Atfirst,

thenewsyouseeisGoogle'schoice,butyoucanadd

yourownpreferrednewssitesasexplainedin Set

IndexingandDesktopPreferences

WebClipsdisplaysinformationfromRSSfeeds,which

canbefromblogs,newssites,orothersourcesof

information.



KeyTerm

ReallySimpleSyndication(RSS)feedsAtechnology

thatallowswebsitestosendafeedofinformationto

subscribers.YoucansubscribefreetoRSSfeeds.A

typicalRSSfeedincludesasummaryofinformation.To

readmore,youclickalinktogotothesitethat

originallypublishedtheinformation.



ScratchPadisasmallnote-takingmodulethatenables

youtojotdownnotesandideas.Youcansavethese



notesastextfilesthatarestoredintheGoogleDesktop

programfolders.

PhotosdisplaysphotosfromyourPC,oneafteranother,

inakindofslideshow.Youcanspecifythefoldersand

websitesfromwhichyouwanttopulltheimagesforthe

slideshow.

QuickViewdisplaysrecentorfrequentlyusedfilesand

webpages.

What'sHotdisplayscurrenttrendsontheWeb.The

contentforthismoduleisautomaticallygeneratedby

Googleandiscompiledfrommanysources.

Stocksdisplaysstockinformationforthestocksyou

choose.

Weatherdisplaysweatherinformation.

Mapsenablesyoutoviewmapsofyourchoosing.

Todoenablesyoutocreateato-dolist.

Foreachmodule,youseeonlyoneortwopiecesof

information.Toseemore,clickthedouble-leftarrowinthe

module'stitlebar.Alargerpaneslidesout,displayingmore

informationfromthemodule.Clicktheinformationyou're

interestedin,andyougotothewebpagethathasthe

information,oranewpaneslidesoutwithmoredetails.

CustomizeaModule

Manymodulesenableyoutocustomizetheinformationthey

displayforexample,theStocksmoduleallowsyoutochoose

whichstockinformationtodisplay.Tocustomizeamodule,

clickthedownarrowinthemodule'stitlebarandchoose

Options.Adialogboxofoptionsforthatmoduleopens.Then

fillouttheformforcustomizingthemoduleandclickOK.



RemoveaModule

Mostlikely,youwon'twanttouseallthemodulesinthe

Sidebar,especiallybecauseasyouremovesomemodules,

youleaveroomforothers.So,forexample,ifyouremove

severalmodules,youareabletoseemoreinformationin

eachoftheremainingmoduleswithouthavingtoslideoutits

pane.Toremoveamodule,clickitsdownarrowandselect

Remove.







37.BrowseandSearchwiththeTimeline

BEFOREYOUBEGIN



BrowseSearchResults



OneofGoogleDesktop'sleast-knownfeaturescanattimesbe

themostusefulitsTimeline.TheTimelineenablesyouto

browsethroughallyourcomputeractivitybydayandtimeof

day.Thiscanbeusefulformorethanjustfindinginformationfor

thosewhochargebythehour,suchasconsultants,the

Timelinecanhelpre-createtheworkyou'vedoneandhelpyou

determinehowmuchtimetoinvoice.



BrowseandSearchwiththeTimeline



Double-clicktheGoogleDesktopIcon

TousetheTimeline,youmustbeonthemainbrowserpage

ofGoogleDesktop.Double-clicktheDesktopiconinthe

systemtrayorontheWindowsdesktoptogetthere.

ClickBrowseTimeline

ClicktheBrowseTimelinelink,nexttothesearchtextbox

atthetopofthemainGoogleDesktopwebpage.Whenyou

do,youaresenttoapagewiththecurrentday'sTimeline.

Ontheleftsideofthepageyouseealistoffilesand

websites,alongwiththetimestheywerevisited(forfiles,the

timeshownisthetimeatwhichyoustartededitingthefile).

Browsethesearchresultsthesamewayyoudoanysearch



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