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Fun with RSS
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Fun with RSS
In recent years, Really Simple Syndication (RSS) has been taking over the Internet.
It is not uncommon to see websites offering various RSS feeds for their visitors
that help them keep up to date with what is going on. With RSS, you can be
notified when your favorite website posts a new article or when there is
breaking news from a major news outlet.
RSS is powered by a simple XML file hosted on websites that follow the RSS
standards. The RSS reader software interprets the XML file and displays it for
your viewing. Internet Explorer 10 has a new RSS reader that enables you to
view your feeds on a nicely formatted display.
Adding RSS feeds to Internet Explorer is a great way to personalize your setup,
just like adding websites to your Favorites list. In this section, I show you how
to subscribe to and configure RSS feeds in Internet Explorer. Then you fine-tune
your RSS settings so that you always have the most up-to-date RSS content.
Subscribing to Feeds
Adding feeds, or subscribing as it is commonly known, is an easy task when you
know the URL of the RSS feed you want to read. Identifying an RSS feed has
become easier in recent years because many sites have adopted standard RSS
image buttons. Others have simply provided RSS text links that point to their
XML file rather than a button.
For this section, you need to find an RSS feed to use. Follow these steps to
subscribe to an RSS feed in Internet Explorer 10:
1. Open Internet Explorer.
2. Right-click the gear icon and click Command Bar.
3. Browse to one of your favorite websites, such as, and click
the RSS icon on the command bar.
4. This causes Internet Explorer to launch into RSS feed reader mode. On
this screen, click the Subscribe To This Feed link, as shown in Figure 10-5.
5. The Feed Subscription box pops up on your screen. Type a name for the
feed and click the Subscribe button.
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