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How to Display RSS Feeds on Your Windows Desktop


Recently we explained what RSS Feeds are and how you can benefit from them, and today we are back to show you how you can get all your RSS Feeds displaying on your desktop. Read on to find out how.

Getting RSS Feeds on Your Desktop

The first thing you need to do is grab a copy of Adobe Air.


Once downloaded, double-click on the exe file to get it installed.


When prompted, accept the license terms by clicking on the agree button.


Once you have Adobe Air installed, you will also need to grab yourself a copy of Snackr. So head over to their website and click the install button.


We know the file is safe so we can just click open.


Then go ahead and kick off the installation.


Just like a normal .Net program, you will have to choose an installation location for Snackr.


Once installed, head into the settings of Snackr and enable Google Reader synchronization.


That’s all there is to it.


Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 06/11/12

Comments (9)

  1. Tim


  2. abnerjoseph

    How about using rainmeter?

  3. Ralf Fines

    Oh man you guys are great. The Chinese government play around with Google so much my Googke Reader is hardly ever usable (just going to is often made to crash everything so badly I have to restart IE). Happy to find an alternative!

  4. Ashish Jain

    If you have less number of RSS subscription, use Win 7 widget Feed Headlines.

  5. Paul

    Glad to see Snakr being promoted. Having used it for the last 18 months I think it’s great. It can use Twitter feeds as well as RSS feeds which makes it very useful to me for keeping up with all things geeky!

    Previously I had struggled to find a good way of using RSS feeds without feeling like I was drowning in information.

  6. Anonymous

    I do wish HTG were a little more concerned with people’s privacy and rights. Any time I see an author writing about products from the likes of Adobe or even Google I am concerned that the author might not be aware of historical privacy issues from a company like that, or possibly the author does not care (much) about basic legal rights – in America, anyway.

    Let me be clear, I don’t hate Adobe or Google or want to see them go out of business or anything. I just have some serious concerns about their business philosophy and occasional change in direction. We all know and probably use Adobe’s Flash add-on which is almost unavoidable. “Ditto” when it comes to certain Google products too. But is anyone even aware of the potential risks? Has anyone paid attention to the apparent lack of concern from those companies whenever problems are pointed out? Why am I not being reminded of this when other products from those same companies are being recommend? Am I supposed to go in deeper by using those products?! For me, I think not.

    But don’t let me stop anyone else from using Adobe’s AIR product, or any other product from any other company/source. After all, how will problems with any software product ever get discovered? If you’re willing to be treated like some sort of digital cannon fodder then I say go for it. I just wish there were some sort of warning is all.

  7. Taylor Gibb

    Hey Anonymous,

    I would just like to let you know, that I hear your concern, but at the same time I would like to let you know that the whole HTG team including myself, take great care and discuss every topic in detail before the go ahead is given for an article. The truth of the matter is that we have even stopped certain articles from being published to due to security concerns, but at the same time every piece of software is bound to have security flaws, that includes Linux, OSX and Windows, one of which you are most probably using right now. So unless there is a known and vulnerable security whole that is exploitable in the software, we are most probably going to cover the product.

    Please remember, that your best interests are at heart here though, after all if no one trusted HTG, there would be no HTG :)

  8. De_Luge_NL

    Adobe and Google, and many other companies, have a lot of tools for public use. Some for sale, some free. Please be aware of what a tool is capable of before using it. Maybe find a friend or mentor to teach you.
    I have an X-acto knife in a drawer. I use it with care, knowing that improper use could result in injury.
    If I wrote a ‘how-to’ article, including an X-acto knife in the list of tools suggested for the project, I wouldn’t bother telling readers that the blade is sharp.
    Thanx, HTG. Another good article.

  9. Hariks


    Well said… Cheers…

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