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After you log into the Agora Portal using your BC username and password you will notice 3 tabs along the top. The first tab is labeled “My Services” and lists links to your Agora Portal services. Depending on your role at Boston College, the second tab is labeled “Faculty Home”, “Staff Home”, or “Student Home” and displays predefined portlets. The third tab, labeled “Add Tab”, allows you to create a customized page that displays portlets that you select.

  1. How do I create a customized portal page?
  2. How do I delete a customized page?
  3. How do I make changes to a custom page I created?
  4. What is the quick launch toolbar?
  5. How do I customize my quick launch toolbar?
  6. Which portlets can be customized?
  7. Can I have the same portlet appear twice on the same portal page? 


1. To create a customized page:

  1. Click on the Add Tab button on the right side of the tab bar (see Figure 1).

    Figure 1.
  2. Enter the Tab Title that you want displayed on the tab of your custom portal page (see Figure 2).

    Figure 2.
  3. Click OK.
  4. The portlet selection window will open.
  5. From the drop-down list under the Browse Services heading, select a category (see Figure 3).

    Figure 3.
  6. Once you have selected a category, a list of available services will appear under the drop-down list.
  7. To customize the content and its location, drag and drop the service you want to appear on your custom portal page to one of the nine placeholders (see Figure 4). You can move a service from one placeholder to another by dragging and dropping the service on a different placeholder.
    Note: Use the category drop-down list to select services from different categories. Some categories have multiple pages of services.

    Figure 4.
  8. The placeholder label will change to the name of the service (see Figure 5). You do not have to fill every placeholder with a service.
    Note: You can delete a service from a placeholder by clicking the icon.

    Figure 5.
  9. To search for services, click the Search for Services heading to enter your keyword search.
  10. To display a different page layout, click the Customize Page Layout heading and select a layout.
  11. When you have finished selecting the services you want to appear on your portal page, click Save and Close.

You now have a custom portal page displaying content from the services you selected in portlets (see Figure 6).

Figure 6.

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2. How do I delete a customized page?

  1. Select the tab of the page you want to delete.
  2. Place your mouse over the triangle signaling the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Delete Tab from the drop-down menu (see Figure 7).

    Figure 7.
  4. Click OK on the prompt confirming that you want to delete the page.

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3. How do I make changes to a custom page I created?

  1. Select the tab of the page you want to change.
  2. Place your mouse over the triangle signaling the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Customize Tab from the drop-down menu (see Figure 8).

    Figure 8
  4. A new window will open. You can now add or remove services from your page.
    • To add a service, Drag and drop a service on an empty placeholder or over one with existing content.
    • To delete a service, Click the icon in the placeholder.

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4. What is the quick launch toolbar?

The quick launch toolbar allows quick access to services, such as WebMail and MyFiles, with a single click of your mouse.

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5. How do I customize my quick launch toolbar?

  1. Click on the Customize button at the top right corner of your portal page (see Figure 9).

    Figure 9.
  2. A new window will open.
  3. Select the services that you want displayed in your quick launch toolbar (see Figure 10).
  4. Click Close.

    Figure 10.

Your quick launch toolbar now displays quick launch buttons for the services that you selected (see Figure 11).

Figure 11.

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6. Which portlets can be customized?

A portlet can be customized if it has a icon in the header. Some portlets that can be customized are “MSN Stock Ticker”, “Local Weather”, and “My Favorites”.

  1. Click the icon in the portlet header (see Figure 12).

    Figure 12.
  2. The customizable options will open in the portlet window.
  3. Select the options you would like to change/add.
    4. Click the Customize or Close button to exit the customizable options.

     

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7. Can I have the same portlet appear twice on the same portal page?
Yes, you can have a portlet appear twice on the same portal page. For example, you could display two “Local Weather” portlets and customize them to display the weather in two different cities.

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