How to Add and View RSS Feeds in Internet Explorer

Many Web sites are frequently updated, such as news headlines and blog entries. These kinds of sites offer a feature called RSS feeds, which they use to send you the updates automatically. RSS feeds are a great way to easily keep track of changes to your favorite blog or stay up to date on current events.

Although Internet Explorer has an RSS feed reader built in, you can explore other feed readers. Just type “RSS feeds” into Internet Explorer’s Search box to find more information and listings of readers and RSS feed sites.

Adding an RSS feed

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and with a name like that, you'd expect it to be easy to use. (And it is!) When you find a blog or a news site that you would like to get regular updates from, here's how to add the feed to IE:

  1. Find and click either a button to subscribe to an RSS feed or the View Feeds on This Page button on the toolbar.

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    If an RSS feed isn't available, the View Feeds on This Page button will be grayed out. Depending on how the feed is set up, the page that appears will show you either all or just the beginning of the most recent posts.

  2. Click the Subscribe to This Feed link.

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  3. In the Subscribe to This Feed dialog box that appears, give your feed a descriptive name.

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    One will be provided for you, but you can change it if you want to.

  4. Click Subscribe.

    Now, whenever that feed is updated, your RSS feed reader will be updated, too.

Viewing your RSS feeds

You access your RSS feeds in the Favorites Center in Internet Explorer. The Favorites Center button is the yellow star at the far left end of the toolbar.

  1. Open Internet Explorer and click the Favorites Center button; then click the Feeds button to display a list of RSS feeds.

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    RSS feeds require a subscription (although these are almost always free), so you won't see any RSS feeds in your list unless you've previously subscribed.

  2. Click a feed to display it.

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    The newly updated Web page will open. If the feed isn't set up to display the full post, click either the post title or the green arrow to the right of the date to open the full story.

Notice also the searching, sorting, and filtering options on the right that let you more easily find the updates you want. It's true: RSS is Really Simple.

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