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Subscribe To RSS Feeds Mozilla’s Thunderbird

A while back I wrote an article on how to use Outlook 2007 as an RSS reader.  In my new position I am actually using Thunderbird as my email client and wanted to subscribe to RSS feeds using this instead of using a separate app like RSS Owl or Google Reader.  Not that there is anything wrong with those choices, but the more everything can be consolidated the better.

Open Thunderbird and go to Tools Account Settings.  Click on the Add Account button.

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The Account Wizard will open up.  Here select RSS News and Blogs and click Next.

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Create a name for the RSS feed that you are subscribing to and click Finish.

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Ok now the first part is complete.  Next we need to select the RSS account we just created and choose basic settings on how Thunderbird will handle the feeds.  Then click on the Manage Subscriptions button.

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The RSS Subscriptions manager will come up.  Click on Add and type in or paste the Feed URL (which you get from the website) from the site you are subscribing to and click OK.  Now you can just close out of the RSS Subscriptions window and click OK to exit from the Account Settings screen.

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Now when we go to our newly created RSS account you will see all of the most recent posts from the feed.

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Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/5/08

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