By default, RSS feeds update automatically. If you have a lot of RSS feeds you follow, you may not want them all updating automatically. You can set up the RSS feeds so none of them update automatically, or only certain ones will.

To select which RSS feeds update automatically, if any, click the File tab.

Click Options in the menu on the left side of the Account Information screen.

On the Outlook Options dialog box, click Advanced in the left pane list of menu options.

In the right pane, scroll down to the Send and receive section and click the Send/Receive button.

On the Send/Receive Groups dialog box, click Edit next to the list of groups.

NOTE: If you have more than one account in Outlook, select the account in the list of groups for which you want to disable the automatic update of RSS feeds.

On the Send/Receive Settings dialog box, click RSS in the list of Accounts on the left.

If you don’t want any of your RSS feeds to update automatically, select the Include RSS Feeds in this Send/Receive group check box so there is NO check mark in the box.

If you only want to prevent certain RSS feeds from updating automatically, leave the Include RSS Feeds in this Send/Receive group check box selected (a check mark in the box) and de-select specific RSS feeds in the Feeds list at the bottom of the dialog box. Click OK to accept your changes and close the dialog box.

Click Close on the Send/Receive Groups dialog box.

Click OK to close the Outlook Options dialog box.

If you have a lot of RSS feeds, preventing some from updating automatically can speed up the Send/Receive process. If you create a Send/Receive group for RSS feeds, you can easily update your RSS feeds manually at any time.

You can also choose to view only today’s RSS feeds using a custom search folder. This will help keep your feeds manageable if you would rather have all your feeds updated automatically.

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