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How To Add RSS Feeds to Microsoft Outlook

Posted by Anna Middleton on July 10, 2019
how to add rss feeds to microsoft outlook

While social media feeds are overtaking them in popularity, RSS feeds are still a valuable way to keep in touch with the world. They help you track blogs, news websites, and other content, and you can link them to your email app.

This article will help you subscribe to an RSS feed with your Microsoft Outlook. You can gather all the feeds that you like and keep them together in one Outlook folder. This is one of the best ways to customize your personal information hub.

Subscribe to an RSS Feed Directly from a Webpage

Assuming that a webpage has a direct RSS feed icon, you can subscribe to it directly from your webpage and it will appear in your Outlook RSS Feed folder.

Note that you have to synchronize all your feeds to the Common Feed List (CFL) to see that RSS in Microsoft Outlook.

Step 1: Add Feeds to the Common Feed List

To add feeds to the CFL, you need to set up this option in Microsoft Outlook. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Outlook.
  2. Click on the ‘File’ tab on the top-left.
  3. Select ‘Options.’
  4. Click on the ‘Advanced’ menu on the left of the screen.
  5. Locate the ‘RSS Feeds’ section.
  6. Tick the ‘Synchronize RSS Feeds to the Common Feed List (CFL) in Windows’ option.
    Synchronize RSS Feeds to the Common Feed List (CFL) in Windows

After you’ve enabled this, all the RSS feeds you subscribe to will go directly to your Outlook.

Step 2: Subscribe to RSS Feed Directly from the Browser

When you sync the feeds to the CFL, you can add them to Outlook via your browser. To do this, you should:

  1. Open the webpage that you want to subscribe to.
  2. Locate the RSS feed icon. It should be an orange signal icon, or it might have the caption ‘RSS’ or ‘XML.’
  3. Click on this icon. An RSS window should pop up.
  4. Select ‘Subscribe to this feed’ on the page that displays after you click the button.
  5. Hit ‘Subscribe’ button.

Add RSS Feeds to Outlook Manually

You can also manually add RSS feeds to Outlook. To do this, you should:

  1. Copy the address of the RSS feed page (right-click on the link in the address bar and select ‘Copy.’)
  2. Open Outlook.
  3. Click the mail icon on the bottom-left of the sidebar.
  4. Expand the ‘Outlook Data File’ list by clicking on the arrow to the left of it.
  5. Right-click RSS Feeds (or RSS Subscriptions, depending on your version of Outlook) and then click ‘Add a New RSS Feed.’ A new window should appear.
    Add a New RSS Feed
  6. Paste the RSS Feed address that you’ve copied into the box.
  7. Select ‘Add.’
  8. Hit ‘Yes.’
    RSS Feed

This should add a new RSS feed to your feed list.

If nothing appears after you paste the link and add it, make sure that the link ends in .xml or .rss extensions. Otherwise, Outlook won’t recognize it.

How to Remove an RSS Feed from Outlook

There are two ways to remove an RSS feed from Outlook.

Step 1: Removing the Feed from the Data File List

  1. Expand the ‘Outlook Data File’ list by clicking the arrow on the sidebar to the left.
  2. Locate the folder of the feed that you want to delete. It should be under the ‘RSS feeds’ section.
  3. Right-click on this folder.
  4. Select ‘Delete folder.’
    Delete folder

Once you do this, you will unsubscribe from this particular feed and you won’t get any new posts from it in your RSS Feed folder.

Step 2: Removing the Feed through the ‘Account Settings’

There’s also an alternative way to remove an RSS feed. You can do this via the ‘Account settings.’ You just need to:

  1. Click on the ‘File’ tab on the top-left of the screen.
  2. Choose ‘Account and Social Network Settings’ under the ‘Info’ tab.
    Account and Social Network Settings
  3. Click on the ‘Account Settings’ from the drop-down menu. A new window should appear.
    Account Settings
  4. Select the ‘RSS Feed’ tab.
  5. Pick the feed that you want to unsubscribe from.
  6. Click the ‘Remove’ button.

Note that you can use these same steps to add an RSS feed. Simply follow steps 1-4, and then click on the ‘New’ button. When the dialog box opens, just paste the feed link.

The RSS Feed Keeps Reappearing?

In some instances, there’s a chance that an RSS will appear on your feed list even if you manually remove it. This usually happens if you synced your feeds through the CFL. If CFL is enabled, a deleted feed will reappear.

To remove it, you should:

  1. Go to ‘File’ In Microsoft Office.
  2. Click on ‘Options.’
  3. Click on the ‘Advanced’ menu.
  4. Locate the ‘RSS Feeds’ section.
  5. Disable the ‘Synchronize RSS Feeds to the Common Feed List (CFL) in Windows’ option.

Then delete it from Microsoft Outlook.

Are RSS Feeds Becoming History?

Social platforms such as Twitter and Facebook are gaining an edge over the traditional RSS feed. However, the fall of the RSS feed hasn’t happened yet, and popular RSS readers like Feedly are increasing their user base on a daily basis.

Do you think RSS feeds becoming more or less relevant? Share your stance in the comment below.

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