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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).
    add tab
    Figure 1.
  2. Enter the Tab Title that you want displayed on the tab of your custom portal page (see Figure 2).
    page title
    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).
    browse services
    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.
    services from different categories
    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.

    delete a service from a placeholder
    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).
custom Portal page
Figure 6.
 

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


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

Select the tab of the page you want to change.

  1. Place your mouse over the triangle signaling the drop-down menu.
  2. Click Customize Tab from the drop-down menu (see Figure 8).
    customize tab
    Figure 8
  3. 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 delete button icon in the placeholder.


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.

 

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).
    customize button
    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.
    customize quick launch toolbar
    Figure 10.

 

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

 

6. Which portlets can be customized?

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

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

 

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.