Change settings for RSS Feeds

After you add an RSS Feed (RSS Feed: A series of Really Simple Syndication (RSS) items used by Web sites to publish frequently updated content, such as news headlines and blog posts. You can subscribe to RSS Feeds in RSS readers, such as Windows Internet Explorer and Outlook.), you do not have to change any other settings. However, Microsoft Outlook 2010 offers several customization options, including how frequently you get updated RSS items, where RSS items are saved, and whether or not to download attachments.

What do you want to do?


Review or change how often items are downloaded

When you subscribe to an RSS Feed, Outlook periodically checks for updated postings.

RSS Feed publishers can specify the maximum frequency at which a check for new postings should occur. These limits help manage the demand on servers. For example, an RSS Feed might have a maximum polling frequency of 60 minutes — this means don't check for updates more than once per hour.

 Important    Some publishers strictly enforce these limits. If you check for updates more frequently than the specified limit, the RSS Feed publisher can temporarily or permanently block your access. Neither Microsoft nor Outlook can assist you if your access is suspended or banned by an RSS Feed publisher.

To check whether a time limit has been specified by an RSS publisher, do the following:

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Click Account Settings, and then click Account Settings.

Account Settings in the Backstage view

  1. On the RSS Feeds tab, click a feed, and then click Change.

In the Update Limit section, the Current provider limit time appears.

Update Limit screenshot

We recommended that you do not clear the Update Limit check box. This setting helps to prevent a ban from content publishers due to checking for updates too frequently.

If a value is not specified by your RSS Feed, the Send/Receive setting for RSS Feeds is used. To check or change this setting, do the following:

  1. On the Send/Receive tab, in the Send & Receive group, click Send/Receive Groups.
  2. Click Define Send/Receive Groups.
  3. Under Group Name, select the group that contains the account named RSS.

By default, RSS is in All Accounts. If you are not sure which group the RSS account is in, select a group name, and then click Edit. Repeat until you locate the group that contains RSS as displayed in the following illustration.

Send/Receive Settings

  1. Under Setting for group "All Accounts", select the Schedule an automatic send/receive every n minutes check box .

Send/Receive Groups

  1. Type a value of up to 1440 into the text box.

 Note    If you specify a time interval that is more frequent than the limit set by the publisher, Outlook uses the publisher's setting. This helps to prevent a ban from the content publisher due to disregarding the limit.

  1. Click Close.

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Change where RSS Feeds are saved

In most cases, you do not need to change where RSS Feeds are saved. However, one scenario where you might consider changing the location is when you are using a Microsoft Exchange Server account and your organization has small storage limits for the amount of data you can retain on their servers. By saving RSS Feeds to an Outlook Data File (.pst) on your computer, your RSS Feed content does not use your server space allotment.

If you decide to keep RSS Feeds in an Outlook Data File (.pst) file, you will only have access to those items on the computer where the file is located.

RSS Feeds that save items to a folder located within your Exchange mailbox are available to you from any computer with Outlook that connects to your Exchange account, including if you connect to your Exchange account by using Outlook Anywhere or from Outlook Web Access.

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Click Account Settings, and then click Account Settings.

Account Settings in the Backstage view

  1. On the RSS Feeds tab, click a RSS Feed, and then click Change Folder.
  2. Under Choose a folder, select a new RSS Feed delivery location or create a folder by clicking New Folder.
  3. Click OK to return to the Account Settings dialog box.

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Change RSS Feed display name

Each RSS Feed has a name specified by the RSS publisher. You can change the name as it appears in the Navigation Pane (Navigation Pane: The column on the left side of the Outlook window that includes panes such as Shortcuts or Mail and the shortcuts or folders within each pane. Click a folder to show the items in the folder.) and Account Settings.

Change the RSS Feed name in the Navigation Pane

  • Right-click on the folder, point to Rename, type a new name, and then press ENTER.

Change the RSS Feed name in Account Settings

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Click Account Settings, and then click Account Settings.

Account Settings in the Backstage view

  1. On the RSS Feeds tab, click Change.
  2. In the General section, type a new name in the RSS Feed Name text box.

 Note    If you use the RSS Feed sharing feature with someone, they will receive the original RSS publisher's feed name, not the customized title that you may have used.

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Download linked articles as an attachment

Many RSS Feeds use messages that contain a brief summary of a larger message or an article with a link to the full content. You can configure Outlook to automatically download the linked content as an attachment to the RSS messages.

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Click Account Settings, and then click Account Settings.

Account Settings in the Backstage view

  1. On the RSS Feeds tab, click Change.
  2. Under Downloads, select the Download the full article as an .html attachment to each item check box.

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Download attachments automatically

RSS messages can contain attachments. By default, those attachments are not downloaded by Outlook. If you want attachments to be automatically downloaded, do the following:

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Click Account Settings, and then click Account Settings.

Account Settings in the Backstage view

  1. On the RSS Feeds tab, click Change.
  2. Under Downloads, select the Automatically download Enclosures for this feed check box.

 Notes 

  • By default, Outlook blocks potentially unsafe attachment files such as .bat, .exe, .vbs, and .js that can contain viruses. You cannot view or access a blocked attachment. Your Inbox will display the paper clip icon in the Attachment column to let you know that the message has an attachment, and you will see a list of the blocked attachment files in the InfoBar at the top of your message.
  • It is recommended that before opening attachments, you scan them for viruses with an antivirus program.

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Applies to:
Outlook 2010