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Monday, November 2, 2009

Restoring RSS Feed Syncronization

One of the things I really loved about Outlook in Office 2007 and the release of Internet Explorer 7 was the marriage between the two with the concept of the Common Feed List from Windows. Unfortunately that seemed to go away with Internet Explorer 8 and Outlook 2010.  While troubleshooting another issue I came across the option to sync the RSS feeds in Outlook with the CFL:


image To locate this, you need to get at the Backstage (learn to love it!), hit Options under Outlook and then navigate to the Advanced menu as indicated above. Make sure you have Synchronize RSS Feeds to the Common Feed List (CFL) in Windows checked off and bing! you’ll have all the feeds you subscribe to in Internet Explorer automatically downloaded in Outlook.

Don’t use this feature?  You should!  Check this out: when you go to your favourite blogs or news sites in Internet Explorer 7 and up you will most likely see the RSS feeds button light up.  It’s located on the same line as the tabs are, next to your Home Pages icon.  If there are multiple feeds, there will be a dropdown box that will give you options.  For instance, when I check out Gizmodo’s home page I see this:


When you click on any of the feed choices, you see the raw feed, almost detached looking from the main site.  At the top of the new page you’ll have an option to subscribe to that feed and forever be at oneness with your favourite site.


Go ahead, try it here! ;o)

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