Google Reader Tip

I thought I knew everything about Google Reader, but this morning Amy posted a great tip that she’d gotten from Amy, and I have to pass it on because I love it!

The tip is to use one of the “goodies” Google has available for the Reader to add a bookmark to your Bookmarks toolbar that will automatically go to the next unread blog post in your Reader. Be sure to read her post for the details on where to find this and how to do it. But the best part of this is that it doesn’t display the post in your Reader, it takes you to the actual blog so you can see the post in context. This is great! People spend a lot of time making their blogs attractive and I miss getting to see them all the time.

The next best part of this feature is that if you have your feeds organized into folders like I do, you can set bookmarks for individual folders. That way, if you don’t have time to read through everything that might be there, you can just look at the ones in your “family” folder, or your “favorites” or whatever.

The only thing that Amy doesn’t include in her step-by-step instructions is how to display the bookmarks toolbar. This is how you do it in Firefox — I assume it’s similar in other browsers.

Firefox window before toolbar is displayed.
Firefox without Bookmarks Toolbar

Go to the menu bar at the top and click on View > Toolbars >Bookmarks Toolbar.

View Menu

The bookmarks toolbar automatically appears. As you can see, I have a lot of bookmarks on mine already!

Firefox with Bookmark Toolbar Displayed

Then you follow the instructions that Amy has in her post to drag the button to the toolbar. Once you do that, it looks like this/

Bookmarks Toolbar with Next Button Added

Don’t forget that you can add buttons for individual folders in your feed as well the same way. Just go to the goodies and just below the Next button you’ll see a drop-down menu from which you can select any of the tags (same thing as a folder) in your feed and it will create the appropriate button for you to add. Below you will see what the button looks like for my “Favorites” folder.

Adding Bookmark for a Specific Folder

Also — the text of these buttons can also be customized in your toolbar, so I’ve changed “Next (Favorites)” to “Next (Favs)” so it doesn’t take up so much space.

I’m just so excited about this that I had to share. Hope you like it too, and many thanks again to Amy and Amy for clueing me in to this!

Today is the Mendocino Sundress class I’m teaching. Should be tons of fun!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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