About RSS Information Feeds

Here are answers to some common questions about RSS feeds.

What does RSS mean?

The acronym RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and is used to describe the technology used in creating feeds.

What is an RSS feed?

RSS feeds provide frequently updated content published by a website.  Feeds can also be used to deliver audio content (usually in MP3 format) which you can listen to on your computer or portable device. This is referred to as podcasting.

A feed can have the same content as a webpage, but it's often formatted differently. When you subscribe, your news reader automatically checks the website and downloads new content so you can see what is new since you last visited the feed.

How do I know if a website offers feeds?

When you first view a website, Internet Explorer will search for feeds. If feeds are available, the Feeds button will change color and a sound will play. 

How do I view a feed?

When you visit a webpage, the Feeds button will change color, letting you know that feeds are available. Click the Feeds button, and then click the feed you want to see. To get content automatically, you should subscribe to a feed. 

How do I subscribe to a feed?

  1. Go to the website that has the feed you want to subscribe to.
  2. Click the Feeds button (orange button above) to discover feeds on the webpage.   Our feeds are listed at the top of this page.
  3. Click a feed (if more than one is available).  If only one feed is available, you will go directly to that page.
  4. Click Subscribe to this feed.
  5. Type a name for the feed and select the folder to create the feed in.
  6. Click Subscribe.  Your RSS Feed subscription will now be available in Internet Explorer, Outlook, and other programs which use the Common Feed List.

How can I view my subscribed feeds?

You view feeds on the Feeds tab in the Favorites Center. To view your feeds, click the Favorites button, and then click Feeds.

How do I add a feed to the Favorites bar?

To add a feed to the Favorites bar, subscribe to the feed, and then select the Add to Favorites Bar check box in the Subscribe to this Feed dialog box. If you've already subscribed to the feed, you can click the Add to Favorites Bar button to add the feed to the Favorites bar. To learn more about the Favorites bar, see Customize your Favorites bar.

Does a feed subscription cost money?

No, it is free to subscribe to a feed.

Can other programs display my subscribed feeds?

Yes, Internet Explorer provides the Common Feed List to Windows and other programs. This allows you to subscribe to feeds with Internet Explorer and read them in other programs, such as an e‑mail program.   

Click here for instructions on how to Subscribe to an RSS feed with Microsoft Outlook