Fun with RSS Feeds – or – Adding RSS Feeds to Outlook

So … what is an RSS feed anyway?  Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a way for content publishers to make news, blogs, and other content available to subscribers. You can add your favorite RSS Feeds as subscriptions in Outlook 2007.  RSS provides a convenient way for content publishers to distribute information in a standardized format. A standardized XML file format allows the information to be published once, and then viewed by many different programs (such as Outlook).  Common examples of RSS content are sources of information such as news headlines and blogs that are frequently updated.

 The delivery mechanism for RSS content is known as an RSS feed. There are millions of RSS feeds that consist of headlines or short summaries of content with a link provided to the original source. The feeds can also contain the complete content, and include attachments of almost any type. Other names for RSS feeds are Web feeds, XML feeds, RSS channels, and syndicated content.

You can discover new RSS feeds in several ways. On Web sites that offer this feature, you might see the Button image, RSS button or, XML button . In some Web browsers, such as Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox, when you click these buttons, you can subscribe to the associated feed.

You can also enter the Internet address, known as the URL, of an RSS feed directly in Outlook.

Add an RSS Feed through the Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Account Settings dialog box

  1. On the Tools menu, click Account Settings

  2. On the RSS Feeds tab, click New

  3. In the New RSS Feed dialog box, type the URL address for the RSS feed. For example, (yes — you can subscribe to this blog!  With every new entry, you will receive an email in your RSS folder)

  4. Click Add

  5. Click OK

You will see a folder in your Outlook folder list called RSS Feeds.  If you click the plus sign to expand the list, you will see the RSS feed in which you subscribed (e.g., this technology tidbits blog).  When I clicked on the plus sign, I also found several (three, in fact) RSS folders that came with Outlook — I didn’t subscribe to them.  To unsubscribe to those feeds, right-click on the folders and choose “Delete [name of feed here].”  Because RSS feeds live on the internet, they do not take up precious email quota space.

4 Responses to “Fun with RSS Feeds – or – Adding RSS Feeds to Outlook”

  1. Gloria says:

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  3. Isac Mathez says:

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  4. Nice contribution. Thanks.

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