Archive for the ‘Outlook’ Category

Tiny URL

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

OK – so what is a tiny URL, and why would I ever have a need to have one?  Well – have you ever been on a website that you thought it was interesting enough to share with others?  So you right click to copy the link – when you paste it into an email or a document, you realize it wraps so long the hyperlink either breaks, or it doesn't copy and paste correctly into a document.

In comes Tiny URL.  Tiny URL makes a small, 26 character web address out of a long one.

Simply go to – you will see a space to copy and paste your long URL into:


After you paste the URL into the "Enter a long URL to make tiny" field, press the "Make TinyURL!" button.


Your new URL is listed – you can cut and paste this new, short, URL into the location you wish (email, document, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and it will open the intended website.

Want a handout?  tinyurlpdf.pdf

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

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

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.