Every once in a while I come across solutions to computer annoyances. Today I found a very easy solution to the bothersome "tabs" that waste space on the left side of my iGoogle page. Here's what my iGoogle page looked like:
To get rid of the useless tabs taking up almost a quarter of the screen on the left,
- Use a recent version (>2.0) of Firefox as your web browser. (Actually you can use any Mozilla-based browser that will run .xpi add-ons, including, SeaMonkey, Flock, Songbird, eMusic Remote, Prism.)
- Get Adblock Plus. This is a great add-on regardless of whether you care about your iGoogle tabs or not. I have used Adblock Plus for a couple of years now already, and I especially like that Adblock Plus takes out most of the trashy ads on sites like Myspace. Adblock is on Mozilla's list of recommended add-ons and is the #1 most popularly downloaded add-on. All that to say, this add-on is reputable, not some random download recommended by a weirdo. :)
- Add "google.com#TD(class=leftborder)" to the list of Adblock filters. Just click the arrow next to ABP to the right of the address bar, select Preferences, click on the "Add Filter" button, paste in "google.com#TD(class=leftborder)", click OK, and it's done!
Now my iGoogle page looks like this:
Yet another reason to use Firefox rather than "Internet Exploder" (as our new IT guy likes to call it)....