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The Living in Outlook series is about sharing tips and workflows around real-world scenarios. We’ll start the conversation with a topic – you can add to it by posting your tips and workflows in the comments!
If you read RSS feeds in Outlook like I do, you might notice that the default list view isn’t ideal for blogs written by a single person. Since the author is usually the same for my RSS feeds, I’d much rather have the subject of the article be the most prominent piece of information. So what’s my solution? To create a custom view for my RSS feed folders!
This is how my RSS feed articles are currently displayed:
And this is how they are displayed after I apply my custom view:
By switching the placement of the Subject and Author in the message list it’s easier for me to scan my news headlines and find the most interesting articles. If you want another way to see your RSS articles in Outlook, try this out!
Creating a custom view
To use this view on other RSS folders, repeat Step 6 for each folder.
Do you use custom views? If so, let us know what works best for you!
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Very cool Thanks! A much better way to view my RSS, any hints on creating a macro for this? I subscribe to many many feeds & it would be very tedious to enable this view on each one of them.
I use RSS a LOT in Outlook. Defining a view is certainly a benefit... thanks! But here's my problem... I have 100+ feeds. I am not going to go to each RSS folder and apply my defined view to each one, that would take all day. I've done it to my 15+ custom search folders, but that took long enough. I can find no way to apply my view to all of my 100+ RSS folders at the same time. Anyone know how?
It would be nice if Outlook would pre-cache inline images so that offline RSS viewing of blogs such as this one would result in content as the writer intended. Is this available in Outlook 2007?
My guess is an enormous number of Outlook users could also use a tutorial on solving the RSS folder nesting disaster. Can you possibly supply a macro or a way to build a folder tree for the common feeds that stays intact -- after importing and exporting, or between IE and Outlook? Seems to me SyncToy is one avenue, but it doesn't make it much easier. I run both Vista and Server, and need to sync across partitions. RSS continues to be a nightmare in MS apps without that. I am very reluctant to sound ungrateful, given the work you are doing, but there's never been a response from anyone inside MS on the common feeds limitations. Some of that is an OPML limitation -- no nested folders through OPML, as far as I can see. But MS would hear some real user appreciation if someone could take ownership and supply a workaround. The tip above is very helpful in and of itself, and I appreciate your having pointed it out. Thanks very much!
Hey, guz, this is all great, but there right now is a fundamental problem - RSS feeds randomly drop off the subsription lists from time to time. Nasty bug; the folders for them stay and just don't get updated. Impossible to manage with any appreciable number of feeds. Hope you fix it in this version and for sure the next. Btw, off-topic, what happened to the Local Live plug-in for Outlook on MS Download page? It's not found when you attempt to download.
+1 on Ian's comment. I would LOVE to find a way for Outlook to download and cache images for offline reading. I could ditch FeedDemon if I could make this work (one less application). Thanks,