If you’re using Firefox, there’s a pretty cool way to enhance your Google Apps Bar. It’s called iGoogleBar and it is an extension “that adds Google Apps favicons to the Google Apps Bar, using them as triggers for the Apps’ respective iGoogle Gadgets.” For example, while I’m logged into Google, across the top of my browser window I see links to Google applications like Gmail, Google Calendar, Documents, Photos, Groups, Web, and more. Clicking on those links will direct me to the service. Using this extension I can click on a favicon that is added to the Google Apps Bar and then view the iGoogle Gadget for the particular application I was clicking on.
After installing the extension, this is what your apps bar would look like (notice the iGoogle Gadget for the Calendar is displayed):
If you’re like me, you’re not going to use every Google application that’s available, and so you’ll want to customize which apps appear. You can in fact choose what apps you’d like displayed, but it takes a few extra steps which we explain below:
- Start Firefox.
- In the Address Bar type “about:config” and press Enter.
- Right-Click and select New->String.
- A box requesting the Preference Name will popup and you should enter “bolinfest.igooglebar” (without the quotes). Press OK to continue.
- The value must be a comma-delimited list composed of any of the following options: Gmail,Calendar,Document,Photos,Groups,Reader,Notebook. If you just wanted Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Reader to show up in the bar you would enter in Gmail,Calendar,Reader into the value field.
- Restart Firefox
In the future it would be nice if it were easier to customize the extension, however for now, iGoogleBar is a nice addition to your Firefox Browser for those of you that use Google applications regularly.