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How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016 include RSS Feed customization options, such as how frequently to check for updated items, where RSS Feeds are saved, and whether to download attachments.

What do you want to do?

Review or change how often items are downloaded

When you subscribe to an RSS Feed, Outlook periodically checks for updated postings.

RSS Feed publishers can specify the maximum frequency at which a check for new postings should occur. These limits help manage the demand on servers. For example, an RSS Feed might have a maximum polling frequency of 60 minutes — this means don’t check for updates multiple times per hour.

Important: Some publishers strictly enforce these limits. If you check for updates more frequently than the specified limit, the RSS Feed publisher can temporarily or permanently block your access. Neither Microsoft nor Outlook can assist you if your access is suspended or banned by an RSS Feed publisher.

To check whether a time limit is specified by an RSS publisher, do the following:

Click the File tab.

Click Account Settings, and then click Account Settings.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

On the RSS Feeds tab, click a feed, and then click Change.

In the Update Limit section, the Current provider limit time appears.

We recommended that you don’t clear the Update Limit check box. This setting helps prevent a ban from content publishers because of checking for updates too frequently.

If a value isn’t specified by your RSS Feed, the Send/Receive setting for RSS Feeds is used. To check or change this setting, do the following:

In the Send & Receive group, click Send/Receive Groups.

Click Define Send/Receive Groups.

Keyboard shortcut To open the Send/Receive Groups dialog box, press Ctrl+Alt+S.

Under Group Name, select the group that contains the account named RSS.

By default, RSS is in All Accounts. If you aren’t sure which group the RSS account is in, select a group name, and then click Edit. Repeat until you locate the group that contains RSS as displayed in the following illustration.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

Under Setting for group “All Accounts”, select the Schedule an automatic send/receive every n minutes check box.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

Type a value of up to 1440 into the text box.

Note: If you specify a time interval that is more frequent than the limit set by the publisher, Outlook uses the publisher’s setting. This helps prevent a ban from the content publisher because of ignoring the limit.

Change where RSS Feeds are saved

In most cases, you don’t need to change where RSS Feeds are saved. However, one scenario where you might consider changing the location is when you are using a Microsoft Exchange Server account and your mailbox has a small storage limit. By saving RSS Feeds to an Outlook Data File (.pst) on your computer, your RSS Feed content doesn’t use your server space allotment.

If you decide to keep RSS Feeds in an Outlook Data File (.pst) file, you’ll only have access to those items on the computer where the file is located.

RSS Feeds that save items to a folder that is located within your Exchange mailbox are available from any computer that has Outlook and connects to your Exchange account. This includes if you connect to your Exchange account by using Outlook Anywhere or from Outlook Web App.

Click the File tab.

Click Account Settings, and then click Account Settings.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

On the RSS Feeds tab, click an RSS Feed, and then click Change Folder.

Under Choose a folder, select a new RSS Feed delivery location or create a folder by clicking New Folder.

Click OK to return to the Account Settings dialog box.

Change RSS Feed display name

Each RSS Feed has a name that is specified by the RSS publisher. You can change the name as it appears in the Navigation Pane and Account Settings.

Change the RSS Feed name in the Navigation Pane

Right-click the folder, point to Rename, type a new name, and then press ENTER.

Change the RSS Feed name in Account Settings

Click the File tab.

Click Account Settings, and then click Account Settings.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

On the RSS Feeds tab, click Change.

In the General section, type a new name in the Feed Name text box.

Note: If you use the RSS Feed sharing feature with someone, they will receive the original RSS publisher’s feed name, not the customized title that you may have used.

Download linked articles as an attachment

Many RSS Feeds use messages that contain a summary of a larger message or an article with a link to the full content. You can configure Outlook to automatically download the linked content as an attachment to the RSS messages.

Click the File tab.

Click Account Settings, and then click Account Settings.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

On the RSS Feeds tab, click Change.

Under Downloads, select the Download the full article as an .html attachment to each item check box.

Download attachments automatically

RSS messages can contain attachments. By default, those attachments aren’t downloaded by Outlook. If you want attachments to be automatically downloaded, do the following:

Click the File tab.

Click Account Settings, and then click Account Settings.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

On the RSS Feeds tab, click Change.

Under Downloads, select the Automatically download Enclosures for this feed check box.

By default, Outlook blocks potentially unsafe attachment files such as .bat, .exe, .vbs, and .js that can contain viruses. You can’t view or access a blocked attachment. The paper clip icon in the Attachment column lets you know that the message has an attachment. Any blocked attachment files are listed in the InfoBar at the top of your message.

It’s recommended that before you open attachments they be scanned for viruses with antivirus software.

Delete an RSS feed

To delete an RSS feed from Outlook, right-click on the folder for the RSS feed and choose Delete folder.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication” or “Rich Site Summary.” It’s a document specification that allows you to easily collect and organize web-based news and information from websites in a standardized format commonly called a feed, which is like a bookmark that actively updates itself.

You can subscribe to RSS feeds using a tool called an RSS feed reader. There are many free feed readers available out there that allow you to follow your favorite websites without having to visit each one separately. We have previously published an article explaining what RSS is and how you can benefit from it.

If you already use Microsoft Outlook for your email, you can also use it to subscribe to RSS feeds. We will explain how to add a new RSS feed to Outlook using the How-To Geek RSS feed as an example. To get the URL for the HTG RSS feed, move your mouse over SUBSCRIBE on the menu bar of our site (seen below) and click on an RSS feed on the far right in the RSS section of the drop-down box. Later, you will need the URL for the selected RSS feed page.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

In Outlook, click the FILE tab.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

On the Account Information screen, click Account Settings and select Account Settings from the drop-down menu.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

On the Account Settings dialog box, click the RSS Feeds tab and click New.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

NOTE: You can also right-click on the RSS Feeds folder on the left and select Add a New RSS Feed from the popup menu.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

Go back to your browser and copy the URL from the address box for the RSS feed page that you opened. Paste the URL into the edit box on the New RSS Feed dialog box and click Add.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

The RSS Feed Options dialog box displays. Change whatever options you want to change and click OK.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

The RSS feed is added to the list of feeds and says “

” because it hasn’t yet been updated. Click Close to close the Account Settings dialog box.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

The How-To Geek RSS feed is now listed under the RSS Feeds folder on the left. Click on it to update it and display the content.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

The articles from the RSS feed are displayed in the middle pane. Click on an article to display it in the right pane.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

When you select an RSS feed, the RSS section of the Home tab is available with additional options. You can Download Content for currently selected article, such as attachments, enclosures, or the full content. Click Share This Feed to send a link to the selected RSS feed to someone else via email. You can also read the selected article in the RSS feed in your default browser using the View Article option.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

If you decide you don’t want to follow one of your RSS feeds anymore, you can delete it. To do so, right-click on the feed and select Delete Folder from the popup menu.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

A confirmation dialog box displays to make sure you want to delete the RSS feed. Click Yes if you’re sure.

NOTE: Deleting an RSS feed this way also deletes all articles downloaded from the feed source.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

To remove an RSS feed and keep the articles you’ve already downloaded, go back to the Account Settings dialog box, as described earlier. Click the RSS Feeds tab, select the RSS feed you want to delete from the list and click Remove.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

A confirmation dialog box displays to make sure you want to delete the RSS feed. Click Yes to delete the feed.

How to add rss feeds to outlook 2013

You can also add RSS feeds to Outlook using the Common Feed List and import RSS feeds from Google Reader into Outlook.

NOTE: Google Reader will be retired on July 1, 2013, so, if you have used it and have data you want to download from your account, you can use Google Takeout, which allows you to download a copy of your data stored within Google products.