Friday, February 24, 2012

Google Reader and the (amazing) next button

Since I haven’t done anything crafty this week (yet!) I figured I would share this with you.. :)

I’m sure most, if not all, of you have heard (and/or) use Google Reader. I was pretty much ecstatic when I found it. It saves me from having to go to I read to see if they had a new post that day..

With that said, Google Reader is just plain awesome by itself.. But you know what makes it even better?? 

The next button!

Now, you’re probably wondering how a simple little button could be so cool.. I’m here to tell you!

The next button is a button that goes on your bookmark bar that allows you to go through the unread items in your reader. Instead of seeing just the plain post in Google Reader, it actually takes you to the blog itself! So you can see the pretty blog headers and layouts.. All of the fun stuff in the sidebars.. AND you can comment without having to click to a different page. :) Love, love, love!

Here’s how you do it..

First, open Google Reader. If you don’t have GR yet, go HERE to sign up.

Now, do you see that little gear looking thing on the right of the page? Click the arrow next to it and a menu will drop down. One of the options is “Reader settings”.. Click that.
Now that you are into the Settings, click on the tab named “Goodies”.

Scroll down until you see where it says “Put reader in a bookmark” and drag that first yellow highlighted “Next >”  button just under your address bar.

See? There it is! :)

Now you can click it when you want to read some of your fav blogs, but only have a few minutes to spare. :)

So there you have it.. The next button!

Hope everyone is having a great start to their weekend! I will be back soon.♥


  1. I've been using the "next" button for some time now. I had an issue getting it to show up the first time I enabled it. Turns out that I didn't have my toolbars enabled. Duh.... took me a while to figure that out, but apparently I haven't been the only one to experience this- I've seen others inquire as to why their "next" button doesn't show up. I must admit that I've been guilty of reading my favorites while in Google Reader when I'm short of time. I realize that many people want the "hits" so I try to use this method when I have more free time. Good tute! Visiting from the Cowgirl Up party. ~ Sue

  2. I never even noticed the 'next' button. So happy you wrote a post about it- I am going to give it a try tonight. Thanks for linking up to "Cowgirl Up!". I'll be looking for you next week too!
    :) Samantha @ Crafty Texas Girls

  3. Just found your blog via Mess for Less ... and this is one of my favorite blog tricks! It's so much more fun to read blogs in a web browser, don't you think?