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Helpdesk FYI

By Jonathan "Mac" Edwards, Assistant Manager of the CITC Helpdesk

RSS Feeds in Microsoft Outlook.

RSS feeds allow you to receive news updates from your favorite websites in one convenient place. Microsoft Outlook can act as an RSS reader, and makes it simple to have these feeds sent to your Outlook RSS inbox.

Setting up a new RSS feed is relatively simple. First you should find the link for the RSS you wish to subscribe to. In our example we will subscribe to the main UNT RSS feed, the link for which can be found on UNT’s homepage ( http://www.unt.edu ). RSS feeds will often have a link that looks similar to this,     or simply have RSS set up as a link. Clicking on the RSS link will bring you to another page. Highlight and copy the address located in the address bar, http://web3.unt.edu/news/rss/stories.xml. Open Microsoft Outlook. Click Tools > Account Settings > RSS Feeds > New.  Paste the address you just copied into the new window that appears, then click Add.  You should now have a new RSS Feed listed inside the RSS Feeds Mail Folder. 

Sharing RSS Feeds with Others

Your list of RSS Feeds can be quickly exported into one .opml file so that you can share them with others. On the File menu, click Import and Export, Click Export RSS Feeds to an OPML file, and then click Next.  Now select the check boxes for each RSS Feed that you wish to export.  Choose a name for your file then click Next.  Your file will be saved to your My Documents folder.  To import an .opml file someone has sent, go back to the File menu, click Import and Export, click Import RSS Feeds from an OPML file, and then browse for the file you wish to import. 

To share a single feed open the feed you wish to share, and click on the Share This Feed icon. 

Removing RSS Feeds

There are two options for removing an RSS Feeds.  The first option is to delete the RSS  Feeds folder you wish to remove from your Mail Folder in the Navigation Pane.  This will also remove all of the Feed content.   To remove the RSS Feed, but keep all existing content you will need to click on Tools > Account Settings > RSS Feeds.  Now click on the Feed you wish to cancel and select Remove.

For additional information on RSS Feeds, Microsoft Outlook has very good documentation in their help files. You may also find more information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_(protocol)
 


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Originally published, February 2008 -- Please note that information published in Benchmarks Online is likely to degrade over time, especially links to various Websites. To make sure you have the most current information on a specific topic, it may be best to search the UNT Website - http://www.unt.edu . You can also search Benchmarks Online - http://www.unt.edu/benchmarks/archives/back.htm as well as consult the UNT Helpdesk - http://www.unt.edu/helpdesk/ Questions and comments should be directed to
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