RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Feeds collect and display recently updated items published to a website, especially blogs and news sites that are characterized by highly dynamic content.

An RSS Feed capability is especially useful when one desires to track and follow new content as it appears on favorite websites such as

How to Activate RSS Feeds From a Web Browser

(Note: the following information applies to the Internet Explorer web browser. RSS Feeds can be activated in other web browsers, but the technique may vary somewhat)

RSS Feeds must be activated from within a web browser such as Internet Explorer. The RSS icon looks like this:

In IE, it will be found on the right side of a tool bar immediately next to the Home Page Icon which looks very much like this:

In order to ‘activate’ the RSS Feed icon, one must first go to a web page of interest. When it appears, if RSS Feeds are available, the RSS Feed icon will be orange in color. If not, it will remain grey.

When one clicks on the RSS Feed icon, feeds from the site will appear on the screen, and one will be given the option of subscribing to the feeds.

From then on, a list of RSS Feeds which have been subscribed to will appear in a side bar on the left side of the IE screen under the heading RSS Feeds.

How to Post RSS Feeds to Outlook 2010

Outlook 2010 automatically provides an RSS Feed icon located under the heading Personal Folders located on the left sidebar.

In order to cause RSS Feeds to be posted to Outlook 2010, simply click on the File tab, then click Options and then Advanced.

Then click the box labeled Synchronize RSS Feeds to the Common Feed List (CFL) in Windows.

You have now activated the RSS Feed capability within Internet Explorer and turned on the ability to automatically post your feeds to Outlook 2010.

The next time you go into Outlook 2010, any RSS Feeds that have been sent over from Internet Explorer will appear as folders under the RSS Feeds icon on the left sidebar. Simply click on the folders you have set up in order to read the latest feeds.

How to Post RSS Feeds to Outlook 2007

Outlook 2007 does not offer fully automated RSS Feed support. However, only a simple manual procedure is required. (First be sure to have activated the RSS Feed capability from the Internet Explorer web browser, then …) On the Outlook 2007 Tools menu, click Account Settings and select the RSS Feeds tab. Then click New. In the New RSS Feeds dialog box, type (or paste using CTRL+V) the URL of the RSS Feed you desire with a /feed/ appended to the end. For example, to receive RSS Feeds from the OLLIlifeusf website, enter . Then click Add and OK.

How to Post RSS Feeds to Outlook 2003

Outlook 2003 offers no native support for reading RSS Feeds. While there is reported to be third-party add-on RSS Feed reading code available, the author of this post was unable to find anything that seemed safe and reliable. Therefore, if one wishes to have an RSS Feed reading capability within Outlook, it is strongly recommended that one upgrade to Office 2007 or 2010.