Get Rid of Left Navigation in iGoogle

igoogle Get Rid of Left Navigation in iGoogleOne of the things that is funny about our blog “Mark8t: SEO, SEM, E-Marketing And More”, is the fact the “more” in the title gets ignored. Today we hope to earn our stripes on the “more”. If you are a user of iGoogle, you may have noticed the canvas view has now been rolled out to all users. This is the technical name of Google’s left navigation many have come to hate. None of the hacks using a variation of the iGoogle address work anymore (http://www.google.com/ig?gl=all or http://www.google.com/ig?hl=all). Furthermore, as Google has rolled this out to all regions, there has been an upheaval of anger. But have no fear, we have the solutions for you:

  • In Mozilla, you will need to download Greasemonkey and install this wonderful userscript created by Rob Van Dam.
  • In Chrome, if you have extensions enabled, we have created an extension to allow you to have top navigation in iGoogle. It is based on the work of  Rob Van Dam.
  • In Internet Explorer, you just need to drag Google Tab Killer bookmarklet to your favourites bar. It’s not a permanent soultion, but it will get rid of the left navigation on click.

In  the end, we hope Google listens to obvious hatred of left navigation, but right now this seems to not be the case. As noted by a Google Employee in the forums:

“Why does iGoogle include a left-side navigation? Why isn’t it optional?
The left navigation isn’t optional because it’s an important part of iGoogle’s new features. First, it provides a scalable way to quickly navigate between gadgets that are in full-screen mode — and full-screen mode is something we made based on user feedback asking for bigger screen territory for gadgets. Secondly, the left navigation provides a home for new iGoogle features, the first of which is the integrated chat (and there are more in the works).”

We hope our solutions allow you to still enjoy iGoogle. Its a pity to need to use a “hack” to have your Google your way, but it is still the best, most secure/flexible start page out there.

 Get Rid of Left Navigation in iGoogle

Adrian Speyer

About The Author: Adrian has over 12 years experience in Digital Marketing and Analytics. He currently works as a Marketing Manager at Vanilla Forums, a modern forum software platform that allows clients to connect and engage their communities and customers. He lives and works in Montreal.

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