Add an RSS Feed

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 Microsoft Office Outlook 2007. There are several ways to add an RSS Feed.

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What is RSS?

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 Microsoft Office Outlook 2007. A common example of RSS content is sources of information such as news headlines that are frequently updated.

The benefit of RSS is the aggregation of all content from multiple Web sources in one place. You no longer have to visit different Web sites for news, weather, blogs, and other information. With RSS, summaries of content are delivered to you, and then you decide which specific articles you want to read by clicking a link.

RSS message

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 Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 7, 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.

 Tip   Looking for additional RSS Feeds? There are several Web sites on the Internet that maintain large listings of available RSS Feeds. These sites include Syndic8.com and Search 4 RSS.

Other people can share an individual RSS link with you through Outlook. When you receive an RSS Feed sharing request, you can automatically add the feed to your own list of RSS Feeds.

 Note   To learn how to import a collection of RSS Feeds, see the See Also section.

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Add an RSS Feed through Windows Internet Explorer 7

When you use Windows Internet Explorer 7 and Office Outlook 2007, you can add RSS Feeds from either program as well as view the feeds in either program.

  1. When you browse to a Web page that contains RSS information, Button image appears in Windows Internet Explorer next to the Button image Home button.

RSS Feed indicator

  1. Click Button image.

A list of all available RSS Feeds on the Web page is displayed.

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

 Tip   You can also click Button image, RSS button or, XML button in the Web page.

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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 or press CTRL+V to paste the URL of the RSS Feed. For example, http://www.example.com/feed/main.xml.
  4. Click Add.
  5. Click OK.

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Add an RSS Feed sent to you in a sharing invitation e-mail message

  1. When you receive an RSS Feed sharing invitation, click Add this RSS Feed.

Add an RSS feed in the Reading Pane from a sharing invitation e-mail message

You can click the button at the top the Reading Pane, or if you open the message, on the Share tab, in the Open group, click Add this RSS Feed..

Add a RSS Feed from a sharing invitation e-mail message

  1. Click OK to confirm adding the RSS Feed to Office Outlook 2007.

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Applies to:
Outlook 2007