Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Importing RSS Feed Information
from the Common Feed List
Microsoft’s web browser, Internet Explorer, can also be used as an RSS aggregator. If you have version
7 or later of the browser, it has the capability to share RSS feed information with Outlook — this is
called the common feed list . In other words, RSS feeds you have subscribed to in Internet Explorer are
available in Outlook, and vice versa.
When Outlook detects a compatible version of Internet Explorer, it asks you whether you want to
combine and synchronize the lists. Select Yes if you want to be able to view all your RSS feeds in
either program, both existing feeds and ones you add in the future. Select No to keep a separate list
of RSS subscriptions in each program.
If you decide not to combine the RSS subscriptions for Outlook and Internet Explorer, you can
always import subscriptions from the common feed list at a later time. The process is very similar
to importing from an OPML file except that there is no file involved:
1.
Select Import and Export from the File menu to display the Import and Export Wizard.
2.
Select Import RSS Feeds from the Common Feed List.
3.
Click Next.
4.
In the next dialog box, put a checkmark next to the feeds that you want to import and
clear those that you do not want to import.
5.
Click Next.
6.
Click Finish.
Summary
Really Simple Syndication, or RSS, is an excellent way to keep track of updated information from a
wide variety of sources. Many different web sites publish RSS feeds on just about any topic you can
imagine. Outlook’s RSS aggregator tools let you subscribe to and view RSS feeds in the same
program that you use for email, contacts, and appointments.
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