How to Use RSS Feeds
How to use RSS Feeds
RSS or Really Simple Syndication allows you to see when websites have added new content without you having to go to the websites themselves. RSS offers a convenience because you can subscribe to feeds from several Internet sites and automatically pull together headlines from all the sources into one list. This lets you quickly browse the list of new content without visiting each site.
You can access RSS feeds directly from pages on the site - the orange RSS icon will appear when a feed is available.
Choose a RSS program
In order to receive RSS feeds, you need an RSS reader/aggregator, a simple program that gathers information from all your favourite sites.
If you use different computers throughout your day a Web based RSS aggregator is a good choice, such as Google reader. RSS features found in internet portals such as Yahoo! and MSN puts your RSS feeds onto your own webpage accessible to any computer with an internet connection.
If you use the same computer all day, a RSS aggregator built into your web browser, such as Internet Explorer 7 or Mozilla Firefox, or a separate RSS aggregator program downloaded onto your computer, such as bitscast or feed demon would be a good solution.
Find a RSS Feed
RSS symbols are usually found at the top of a website's front page, but sometimes also on the right of the web page.
Some browsers with RSS built in, such as Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox, will detect RSS feeds automatically.
To subscribe to a RSS feed, you need to copy its web address into your RSS aggregator. Some aggregators will automatically subscribe to a feed by simply left clicking on the orange RSS symbol or the aggregator's own logo, which can often be found close by. Alternatively, right click on the orange RSS logo and left click on the ‘copy shortcut' option, and then paste the address straight into your RSS aggregator.
View your RSS feeds
Now your RSS aggregator has the RSS feed's web address, it will automatically check for new updates at regular intervals, you don't have to do a thing. Depending on your program, you may receive the entire article, or the first few lines with a link to see the whole article online.
RSS Feeds in Microsoft Office Outlook
Subscribing to RSS Feeds from Windows Internet Explorer is the fastest and easiest way to add RSS Feeds to Outlook.
Windows Internet Explorer 9
- Browse to a Web page that contains RSS information.
- Press Alt, and then on the Tools menu, point to Feed Discovery, and then click the RSS Feed that you want to add.
Windows Internet Explorer 7 and 8
- When you browse to a Web page that contains RSS information, appears next to the Home button.
- Click. A list of all available RSS Feeds on the Web page is displayed.
- Click the RSS Feed that you want to add.
- When the RSS Feed opens in Internet Explorer, click Subscribe to this feed.
Add an RSS Feed through the Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Account Settings dialog box
- On the Tools menu, click Account Settings.
- On the RSS Feeds tab, click New.
- In the New RSS Feed dialog box, type or press CTRL+V to paste the URL of the RSS Feed.
- Click Add.
- Click OK.