If you want to track the daily updates of your favorite websites, you then subscribe to the site’s RSS feed. Several types of feed reader are available to read the content of the RSS feed. Google Reader, Feed Burner are some popular feed reader that lets to read and manage your subscriptions. If you want to take a over all look on the feed updates from your favorite site, you are to open the browser and log-in with your Google account credentials to access Google Reader or you have to open the Feed burner application in your computer.
In Windows 7, you can read the RSS feeds right from the desktop, no log-in is required. Yes, the Feed Headlines gadget in Windows 7 can make it possible. Just follow few steps to bring the site feeds at your desktop.
1. Right-click on the empty space of your desktop and select Gadgets.
2. A window will appear which contains all the available gadgets. You can find there an item called as Feed Headlines.
3. Double click on that item to bring it into your desktop.
4. It shows the feeds that are subscribed by default in Windows 7.
5. If you try to add or delete any feed at the gadget, you are not allowed there. This gadget shows the feeds that you subscribed via Internet Explorer. In other words, you can only read those feeds which are subscribed from the Internet Explorer browser in your Windows 7 computer. So if you want to add any feed at the gadget, you have to subscribe to that feed from Internet Explorer.
How to subscribe to a feed in Internet Explorer
- Open the Internet Explorer and browse the site you want to subscribe the feed from.
- There is an yellow button at the tool bar which stands for the RSS feed. If the site provides RSS feed subscriptions, the button becomes active.
- Click on the arrow and select the type you want to subscribe.
- Once selected, you will have the option of subscription at site’s feed page. Click on the “Subscribe to this feed” link.
- Give a suitable name of the subscription, also put the subscription under the existing folders or create a new folder for better management of the feeds.
- Once you are done, click on the Subscribe button.
After subscribing to your favorite site feeds, the feed items appear at the Feed Headlines gadget.
Showing particular feeds at the desktop Gadget
In that desktop gadget, you will find all the feeds that are subscribed via Internet Explorer. If you wish to filter specific feeds to show at desktop, you can change the settings of the gadget to show all or some specific feeds from a particular subscription folder.
Click on the Option button by hovering the mouse on the gadget box.
In the display setting box, select the folder or feed that you want to read in the gadget from the dropdown menu as well as the number of feed items.
Once you are done, click on OK. Now you can read the feeds from your favorite site(s) right from the desktop in Windows 7.
How to delete a subscribed feed from Internet Explorer
If you think to unsubscribe from any site that you subscribed earlier, you can delete from the Internet Explorer. To do so, open the Internet Explorer and click on the Favorite button from the left side of the toolbar.
Then head to the Feeds tab. You can find all the subscribed feeds through Internet Explorer. Right-click on any item and select Delete to remove the subscription.
Though this tool can’t be a replacement of Feed Burner or Google Reader but it can be a good choice to quickly read the feed items from particular sites.
1. Access and Read RSS Feeds in Windows Media Center.
2. Add RSS Feed Subscription in Tag and Category Pages.