Share or export RSS Feeds

You can share one or more of your favorite Really Simple Syndication (RSS) Feeds (RSS Feeds: Subscription-based distribution feeds of news, blogs, and other information. RSS Feeds contain summaries or complete content and can include attachments. Other names for RSS Feeds include Web Feeds or XML Feeds.) with someone else.

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About transferring RSS Feeds between computers

RSS (RSS: A way for content publishers to distribute news, blogs, and other content to subscribers. This content, whether complete or a synopsis, usually has a link back to the original content on the publisher's Web site.) content is delivered to subscribers by a mechanism known as a feed. You can share your favorite RSS Feeds with another person by sending them an e-mail message with a link to the RSS Feed configuration information. The recipient can then subscribe to the RSS Feed.

To share multiple RSS Feeds, Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 supports the .opml file format. This format is used to exchange a collection of RSS Feed subscription information between programs that can organize and display RSS Feeds. These programs are known as RSS aggregators. Office Outlook 2007 includes the functionality of an RSS aggregator.

You can share a collection of RSS Feeds by exporting it to an XML file with the .opml file extension and then sending the file to someone as an attachment to an e-mail message. You can also copy the .opml file to a network shared folder that both of you have access to, or copy the .opml file to removable media such as a disk, CD, or memory device. The recipient can import the .opml file and choose which RSS Feeds to add to Outlook.

 Tip   An .opml file serves as a backup of your RSS Feeds settings.

Exporting to an .opml file illustration

Callout 1 In Outlook, you can export some or all of your RSS Feeds information.
Callout 2 The exported file, with an extension of .opml, can be imported into Outlook or other RSS programs.

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Share a single RSS Feed with someone

If you want to share a single RSS Feed, you can send a special e-mail message that contains a link to the RSS Feed. The recipient can click the link and subscribe to the same RSS feed.

  1. Open an item from the RSS Feed.
  2. On the Respond menu, click Share this Feed.

RSS message

  1. In the To box, enter the name of the person to whom you want to send the RSS Feed subscription information.
  2. Optionally, you can change the Subject.
  3. Optionally, you can type a personalized message in the body of the sharing request.
  4. Click Send.

 Tip   You can right-click an RSS item, and then click Share This Feed to quickly send an RSS Feed sharing message.

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Export a collection of RSS Feeds

You can export a collection of your RSS Feeds to an .opml file and then import from that file to another computer that you or someone else uses. This is a great way to share a collection of RSS Feeds with someone else or to make a backup of your RSS Feeds settings.

You can choose which RSS Feeds to include in the exported .opml file.

  1. On the File menu, click Import and Export.
  2. Click Export RSS Feeds to an OPML file, and then click Next.
  3. Select the check boxes for each RSS Feed to include in the export.

RSS Subscriptions selection dialog box

 Tip   To quickly select or clear all check boxes, click Select All or Clear All.

  1. Click Next.
  2. Click Browse to navigate to the location where you want to save the .opml file.

 Note   By default, the file is saved in your My Documents folder. If you are using Windows Vista, the file is saved in your Documents folder.

  1. In the File name text box, type a name for the export file.
  2. Click Save, and then click Next.

The .opml file is saved to the location that you specified.

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Applies to:
Outlook 2007