After logging into the administration interface for the first time, you'll see a page which Newscoop calls the Dashboard. This an area into which you can add widgets for the administration functions that you use most often. In this way, you can customize the administration interface to suit your needs. Click the Add more widgets link to open a page where you can select from more than a dozen potential widgets.
On the Widgets page, click the Add to dashboard link for each widget that you would like to start with. You can refine your choice of widgets later, as you get to know the Newscoop administration interface and its functions.
After all the widgets that you require have been added to the Dashboard, they change from black to green text to show that they are active. Click the Go to dashboard link to return to the Dashboard page.
Each widget has three small blue icons in the upper right corner. From left to right, these icons maximize the widget to the full width of your browser window, provide general information about the widget, or close it. When a widget is maximized, clicking the close icon returns the widget to normal size.
Some widgets have a blue spanner icon in the upper right corner, which enables you to adjust a setting for that particular widget. For example, the Map search widget enables setting of the default map location using the spanner icon.