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Make Outlook Stop Using Internet Explorer’s RSS Feeds

Have you ever noticed that Microsoft Outlook uses the feeds from your IE7 or IE8 common feed list? If you don’t actually use Outlook as an RSS reader, there’s really no reason to have that feature enabled and wasting space in your mailbox.

If you have a ton of feeds, this could also theoretically speed up Outlook—at the very least it makes your system a little cleaner.

Note: If you aren’t using Internet Explorer or Outlook as a feed reader, you could simply delete all of the RSS feeds.

Disable Outlook Common Feed RSS Sync

To turn this off, go to Tools –> Options from the menu and click the Advanced Options button on the Other tab.

Outlook Options  

Now you can uncheck the item “Sync RSS Feeds to the Common Feed List”.

Advanced Options

Now that you’ve disabled the Sync feature, you can delete all of the feeds from under the RSS Feeds folder.

Outlook RSS Feeds

You’ll probably want to also empty your Deleted Items folder after removing the feeds.

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 06/8/09

Comments (11)

  1. Anonymouse

    Was driving me crazie.

  2. James Dielschneider, Switzerland

    Thank you. I looked everywhere and could not find an answer.

    Your solution was clear, easy to follow and solved the problem.

  3. Beth


  4. HoePimp

    Thanks, the 10,000 articles showing up in my unread items every day was irritating.. :)

  5. Robert HArry

    i don’t want to remeove all feeds, just the ones i am through with. i have followed your instructions but contiue to receive those feeds that i “cancelled”. i removed them from the list in Tools/Account Settings/RSS Feeds as well as the folder. any other suggestions?

  6. Jack

    THANK YOU!! YOU’RE HELPING ME MUCH!! THOSE SYNCHRONIZING THINGS just made my retrieving email so hard when I’m in remote area.

  7. Sergio

    Thank you sooo much!!!

  8. puppu

    it works thanks………………

  9. chief29

    is there a way to get rss feeds in outlook 2003?

  10. Anonymouse - 2

    Thanks for this.
    Was driving me nutts.
    I missed reading a number of my important messages.
    I dont understand how microsoft can become so crasy. it is like changing all thier classic items that worked ok. Now almost unusable when they decided to change things.
    Crazy Crazy…

  11. Robin

    Thanks How-to-Geek – that’s another 12,000 pieces of unwanted Bill Gates’ junk got rid of!

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