How to use your mail client to subscribe to an RSS feed (including blogs)

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication". RSS can help you to keep track of multiple news sources. This symbol indicates that a site has an available RSS "feed". This page contains instructions for Thunderbird and MS Outlook 2007.

Thunderbird and Outlook 2007 can support a number of "accounts" simultaneously. In the example below, you will see a mix of email and RSS accounts. The selected account is an RSS account.

You can read (or print/forward/delete) an RSS item in the same way as you read an email.

Adding an RSS Account

The process for adding an RSS account is similar to that for adding an email account :

  1. Click on Tools then on Account Settings.
  2. Click on Add account.
  3. Click on RSS News & Blogs, then Next, confirm the name "News & Blogs"
  4. In the Account Settings Dialogue box, click on "News & Blogs" then on "Manage Subscriptions" The RSS Subscriptions dialog will open.

  5. Using your Web Browser, visit http://www.emits.group.shef.ac.uk/blog/
    Scroll to the foot of the page and right-click on "Entries (RSS)"
    Choose "Copy Link Location" or "Copy Shortcut"

  6. Back in Thunderbird, Click on "Add" in the RSS Subscriptions dialog.

  7. Paste the URL in the "Feed URL" field (e.g. by pressing [ctrl]+v)
    Click OK and then close the RSS subscriptions Dialog using the "X" at the top right.
    Click OK in the Account Settings dialog (Shown in step 4)

MS Outlook 2007

To add an RSS feed to Outlook 2007,

Go first via your Web Browser to visit http://www.emits.group.shef.ac.uk/blog/
Scroll to the foot of the page and right-click on "Entries (RSS)"
Choose "Copy Link Location" or "Copy Shortcut"

Locate the "RSS Feeds" folder

Right Click and choose "Add a New RSS Feed"

Then Paste the feed URL into the dialog box (e.g. by pressing [ctrl]+v)

Then you can read the news entries as per below.