Subscribe to an RSS Feed

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) provides an easy way for you to read the latest postings to your favorite websites. Many websites offer RSS Feed subscriptions so that whenever new content is published, such as an updated news article, you automatically receive a summary of the article or the full article in Microsoft Outlook 2010.

To manually enter an RSS Feed subscription, you're required to enter the Web address.

  1. Click the File tab > Account Settings > Account Settings.

  2. On the RSS Feeds tab, click New.

  3. In the New RSS Feed dialog box, type the URL of the RSS Feed. For example, http://www.example.com/feed/main.xml.

    Tip:  In most Web browsers, on a webpage, you can right-click the Button image RSS icon, and then copy the shortcut to the Clipboard. Press CTRL+V to paste the information from the Clipboard into the RSS Feed location box.

  4. Click Add > OK.

Subscribing to RSS Feeds from Windows Internet Explorer is the fastest and easiest way to add RSS Feeds to Outlook.

Windows Internet Explorer 9

  1. Browse to a webpage that contains RSS information.

  2. Press Alt, and on the Tools menu, point to Feed Discovery, and then choose the RSS Feed that you want to add.

    Note:  In previous releases of Internet Explorer, the command bar, which is where the RSS command is located, is turned off by default. To view the command bar, right-click to the right of the New tab page button, and then click Command bar.

Windows Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 8

Can't follow these steps.

  1. When you browse to a webpage that contains RSS information, Button image appears next to the Button image Home button.

    RSS Feed indicator

  2. Click Button image and a list of all available RSS Feeds on the webpage is displayed..

  3. Click the RSS Feed that you want to add.

  4. When the RSS Feed opens in Internet Explorer, click Subscribe to this feed.

Tips: 

  • The RSS Feed subscription is added to the Common Feed List in Windows. Your RSS Feed subscription is available in Internet Explorer, Outlook, and other programs that use the Common Feed List. For more information, see Add or remove entries from the Common Feed List.

  • On a webpage, you might see Button image , RSS button or, XML button . When you click these icons, you usually can view and subscribe to the RSS Feed.

  1. When you receive an RSS Feed sharing invitation, click Add this RSS Feed, and do one of the following:

    • Click the button at the top the reading pane.

    • Open the message and on the Share tab, in the Open group, click Add this RSS Feed

  2. Click OK to confirm the addition of the RSS Feed.

Outlook 2010 supports the .opml file format for exchanging a collection of RSS Feeds and sharing configuration information between programs that can organize and display RSS Feeds.

  1. Click the File tab.

  2. On the Open tab, click Import.

  3. Select Import RSS Feeds from an OPML file.

  4. Click Next.

  5. Click Browse to specify where the file you want to import is located, and then click Open.

  6. Click Next.

  7. Select the Feed name check box for each subscription that you want to import.

    RSS Feeds selection dialog box

    Tips: 

    • Click Select All or Clear All to quickly select or clear all of the check boxes.

    • You're importing only the subscription information, not the actual items from the subscription.

  8. Click Next.

When you cancel or unsubscribe from an RSS Feed, no new content is downloaded. You can choose whether to delete or keep all the content that was downloaded from the RSS Feed.

For more information, see Unsubscribe from an RSS Feed.

If you accidentally move an item into the RSS Subscriptions folder, you can retrieve it or delete it. You simply have to drag it out of the folder and back to where you want the item to be. If, however, you can't see the item in the folder, turn off the RSS "home page" so that you can see the item list.

  1. Right-click the RSS Subscriptions folder, and choose the Properties command.

  2. In the RSS Subscriptions Properties dialog box, click the Home Page tab.

  3. Clear the Show home page by default for this folder check box.

  4. Click OK.

The "home page" should now be gone from view, and replaced by a list of items that are in the RSS Subscriptions folder. You can drag an item out of the folder or perform any other typical action, including deleting it.

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