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Use Outlook 2007 as an RSS Reader

For those of us that have to use Outlook 2007 at work, you should know that it not only handles mail and calendars, but also makes a very nice RSS reader as well. Of course, I don’t need to tell the couple hundred of you that are already reading the How-To Geek feed this way =)

To subscribe to an RSS feed, just open Outlook and go to Tools \ Account Settings…


The Account Settings dialog box will open up.  Click the Feeds tab and select New…


Next copy and paste the URL of the feed into the address box then click Add.


In the resulting RSS Feed Options window you can choose various options which are self explanatory.  When you’re finished click OK.


That’s it!  Go down to your mail folders and select RSS Feeds.  Now you can easily browse your favorite web articles in your email inbox. 


Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 07/10/07

Comments (15)

  1. bobofat

    …or just right click RSS Feeds and choose Add a new RSS Feed. i do like this feature.

  2. Brian

    I don’t have Outlook 2007 yet – but was just curious if it’s possible to import an OPML file (like from Google Reader)?

  3. nancy

    You can also do this directly from the webpage you want to access feeds from. In IE7, just go to the webpage, click the Feeds button (next to the Home, Print, Tools, etc buttons), then you should see a “Subscribe to this feed” link.

  4. Drew Vogel

    Thank you for the excellent article on adding RSS feeds to OUTLOOK 2007. I enjoy your site and the informative articles.

    It should be noted that you can import an OPML file by right-clicking on the RSS Feeds folder and selecting “Import an OPML file…” and following the prompts.

  5. ken

    is there a way to have outlook delete downloaded articles each day? for example, i have the washington post come to my feed, but i have to manually delete daily articles…any way to have outlook do that for me?


  6. ken

    got it, nevermind. if you want to know, click properties on the folder, and use the archive feature…there you can select to delete after X number of days.

  7. gic

    When I go to the feeds in firefox (for example:, I can see a “Subscribe to this feed using:” Box at the top of the page. I can then choose: “Microsoft Office Outlook”. But after I click on “Subscribe Now”, it always brings me to Outlook and load and show the page on the right pane in Outlook, just like showing a webpage, but not doing anything to add this to the subscribed RSS feeds in Outlook.
    I can add the feeds into Outlook correctly if I do it the way as described in this article. I wonder if my problem is just a normal thing, or there’s something wrong here?
    Thanks a lot!

  8. ZetaPirate

    Thanks, that gives me something to do in the office :D is blocked at work, and i get bored easy. Thanks again

  9. The Geek


    They blocked us? Seriously? That’s really pathetic, we’re friendly!

  10. Adan

    Quick question: I want to use outlook as an rss feed reader but for some reason it doesn’t tell me when I receive a new post it I have the rss folder closed. For example you know you have an email no matter what area you are in outlook because the email sidebar folder would be bold and have a (1) or something, but this doesn’t show for rss feeds. Why or how do I fix it? If anyone knows that would be great.

  11. Good information here, but on Wunderground when clicking the RSS link, it wants to download an XML file. What do I do with the XML file? I really need the RSS feed URL to add the feed to Outlook. Any help is much appreciated.

  12. Sandra Rosenzweig

    Try right-clicking to save.

  13. Peter

    What a shame Outlook 2007 does not support authenticated feeds (without some ludicrous workarounds anyway):

    Out of the box Outlook 2007 support for authenticated RSS feeds would increase RSS adoption in my organisation a hundred fold.

  14. Rany

    please tell me!

    I want to know about the useing of microsoft express 2007. and why they use it. and the last, I want to use with yahoo but not run.

    how I can do for run with yahoo?

    thank you!

  15. Fed

    Hi there,

    Great article and easy to follow. I do have a problem with the initial set up and when I open outlook for the first time in the morning. I have a number of feeds that exceed 100 items. When I first set up feeds, outlook only returns 100 items. If I close outlook overnight, I only get 100 items. Any idea on how to turn this off? If i leave outlook running over night, I get 250+ feeds

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