Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Create Your Own Personal My Yahoo!

With everything Yahoo! has to offer, it’s not surprising that many users use
Yahoo! as their start page for all their Web travels. While the normal Yahoo!
home page is an okay start page, it’s rather generic. Wouldn’t it be better to create your own personal version of Yahoo!, comprised of those services that you use most every day?

Well, Yahoo! makes it easy to create your own personal Yahoo!. It’s called MyYahoo!, where you can pick and choose what you see—and what you don’t see—every time you log on.
My Yahoo! is located at my.yahoo.com. Easy to remember, eh? The first time you visit My Yahoo!, you must register for the service and customize your page. After that, each time you go to My Yahoo!, you’ll see your Yahoo! page exactly as you configured it.

After you’ve signed on, you see the generic My Yahoo! page shown in Figure. This is an okay page—it gives you an idea of what you can do with My Yahoo!—but the whole point of using My Yahoo! is to create a customized page, which you can do quite easily.

My Y Yahoo! can display a variety of different types of content, each in its own module. It’s up to you to choose which content modules you want to display. To select which modules are displayed on your My Yahoo! page, click the Choose Content button. When the Personalize Page Content page appears, put a check mark next to each module you want to display and uncheck those topics you don’t want to display.yahoo!

Most modules let you customize the content that is displayed within; for example, you can create your own list of stocks to display in the Portfolios module and choose what types of news are displayed in the My Front Page Headlines module.

Although the specific customization is different for each module, the general steps you take are the same. Click the Edit button on the module you want to customize; when the next page appears, read the instructions carefully and then make the appropriate choices. This may include selecting or deselecting topics, choosing how many headlines are displayed, entering stock tickers for your portfolio, and so on.

After you’ve decided on all your content, you need to arrange that content on your page. By default, My Yahoo! uses a two-column layout, with the left column narrower than the right. You can also choose a three-column layout, with a big center column; just click the Choose Layout button to make your selection. You can then assign different content modules to different areas of the page.

If you don’t like the default colors of the My Yahoo! page, you can choose from a variety of other color schemes. Just click the Change Colors button, then choose from one of the predefined color themes—or click the Customize Them link to choose your own colors for each page element.

Your My Yahoo! is now complete—and ready to be changed again whenever you feel like it!

Search for Maps


Another keyword you can use is map, which searches for maps by address, city, or area code. Just enter this keyword along with information about a location into the Yahoo! search box; when you click the Search button, Yahoo! displays a small map like the one in Figure . Click the View Larger Map link to view an interactive, full-page version of this map.

To map a specific address, enter map street address city state, like this: map 123 n main st Minneapolis mn. To display a city map, enter map city state, like this: map Minneapolis mn. To display a map of a larger area, it’s a little different; enter zip code map, like this: 85424 map. You can also display country or regional maps by entering map country like this: map USA.

Search for News


Yahoo! also offers a dedicated keyword you can use to search for the latest news headlines on a specific topic. When you use the news keyword, Yahoo! displays the top three current headlines, as shown in Figure Click any headline link to display the full story.

Search for the Weather Forecast


In addition to the advanced search operators discussed in Secret #2, Yahoo! includes a number of keywords you can use to conduct specific types of searches directly from the search box on the Yahoo! home page. The first one we’ll look at is the keyword weather, which you use to search for local weather forecasts.

To use this keyword, enter the keyword followed by the city and state that you’re interested in, like this: weather city state. For example, if you want to display the weather forecast for Chicago, enter weather chicago il into the search box, then click the Search button. (You can also enter weather zipcode to display the forecast for a larger area.) Yahoo! will display a Yahoo! Weather box, like the one shown in Figure , with the current conditions and forecast, along with a link to a five-day forecast.

Expand Your Search Results

Just because you conduct one type of Yahoo! search doesn’t mean you can’t expand your query into other types of searches. It’s as easy as clicking a new tab on your search results page.

 Web—The default Web search using Google’s search index
 Images—Finds related photographs and images
 Directory—Finds related sites listed in the Yahoo! directory
 Yellow Pages—Finds related businesses
 News—Searches Yahoo! News for related stories
 Products—Searches Yahoo! Shopping for matching products

Access All of Yahoo!’s Searches rom a Single Page

As you’re discovering, Yahoo! offers a variety of search options. There’s Yahoo! Web Search (via Google) and the Yahoo! directory, as well as separate news, image, map, product, and Yellow Pages searches.

While you can go to each of these search pages separately, they’re all easily accessed from the Yahoo! Search page (search.yahoo.com), shown in Figure 1-3. Just click the icon for the type of search you want to conduct, and then start searching!

Search for Images Using Google Image Search

Okay, here’s another function Yahoo! shares with Google—image search. When you access Yahoo!’s Search for Images page (img.search.yahoo.com) you’re actually accessing Google Image Search. That’s not a bad thing; Google Image Search is one of the best search indexes on the Web for photographs, pictures, and other graphics. If you want to find a picture of something, this is the search to use.

I won’t go into how to use Yahoo!’s image search function, as it’s virtually identical to that of Google Image Search. Read the section on Google.

Yahoo!’s Advanced Search Page

As you just learned, Yahoo!’s Web Search is powered by Google, which means you can use all of Google’s advanced search operators to construct your search queries. If that sounds too complicated, you can perform most of the same operations using Yahoo!’s Advanced Search page. The nice thing about using Advanced Search is that you don’t have to remember those fancy operators. Just select the options you want from those listed and click the Search button; Yahoo! does the rest.

You access the Advanced Search page by clicking the Advanced link next to a particular page’s Search button. Each type of Yahoo! search has its own specific Advanced Search page; for example, the Advanced Web Search page includes options specific to Web searching, while the Advanced
Directory Search page includes options for finding categories in the Yahoo! directory.

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