I only use iGoogle on my personal computer, in Firefox, therefore I found a solution that works for me. It's the Firefox Add-on called "iGoogle Tab Remover" and it works like a charm! To make use of its full functionality, you have to learn its various options and set them according to your preferences. However, you have to note that this add-on does not have a formal "Options" dialog, and its options should be accessed from iGoogle.
- Install the add-on from here: iGoogle Tab Remover :: Add-ons for Firefox
- Once Firefox is restarted, browse to the iGoogle page.
- Update: Ensure that iGoogle Tab Remover is enabled in the Tools menu of Firefox. You will find a menu item in the Tools menu which is either Enable or Disable iGoogle Tab Remover. If it is Enable iGoogle Tab Remover, click it to enable.
- Update: David Rubin (the author of the add-on) told me that he included the custom search box as some users may want to resize the header (see step 6) to be so small, iGoogle's usual search bar will no longer be visible. This is particularly useful for "netbooks" where the screen size is extremely small.
- This cool feature lets you remove unwanted features in iGoogle such as "Search (o) the web (o) pages from Singapore" and stuff below it.
- Click anywhere in the grey area to reduce the size of the header from bottom to that point.
- If you reduced too much, simply click Reset and start again.
- Once done, click Finished.
- Note that elements may still be partially visible even after hiding them. This is a bug, but it's OK with me.