How to add an RSS feed to the Windows Vista Sidebar

This brief tutorial will guide you in adding RSS feeds to the Windows Vista Sidebar.

  1. Start by opening Internet Explorer. Visit the web site of the RSS feed you want to display in your Sidebar, and click on the orange RSS button

  2. Select Subscribe to this feed
  3. Give the feed a Name and if you’d like, create it in a new folder. When you’re ready, click Subscribe
  4. Back in the Sidebar, move your mouse cursor over the RSS gadget, and click the (very small) Tool icon in the upper right corner (see image below).
  5. The feed you just subscribed to in Internet Explorer will now be available in the list of feeds to display. Select it, and then click OK.
  6. And now the RSS gadget will display the feed.

20 thoughts on “How to add an RSS feed to the Windows Vista Sidebar”

  1. Seems ridiculous to have to open IE to add feeds instead of just right-clicking on the gadget. Why should I have to go in and dig out IE to change the headlines from the MSN ones?

    FireFox is my browser and bullshit like this just makes me determined to resist MS’s attempts to change that.

  2. “Seems ridiculous to have to open IE to add feeds instead of just right-clicking on the gadget. Why should I have to go in and dig out IE to change the headlines from the MSN ones?

    FireFox is my browser and bullshit like this just makes me determined to resist MS’s attempts to change that.”

    I agree completely. I found this tool that allows you to add feeds through firefox in one click. It works great.

    http://www.netcrucible.com/blog/2007/01/25/firefox-and-vista-rss-platform/

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  6. Damn FF Users, Everytime IE is mentioned some one always has to come in and say how good FF is, Is it really? or is it the 3rd party addons? FF was found to be the most vuln application on win, what happened there? IE8 > FF anyday

  7. “4327623 05.11.09 at 7:40 pm

    Damn FF Users, Everytime IE is mentioned some one always has to come in and say how good FF is, Is it really? or is it the 3rd party addons? FF was found to be the most vuln application on win, what happened there? IE8 > FF anyday”

    How much did Microsoft pay you to say that? Or did they brainwash you? Or do you just believe everything you read?

    Why do you think someone mentions FF “every time” IE is mentioned? Could it just possibly be because it IS better and people who understand PC technology realise this? If you’re going to argue in favour of something, try doing it in such a way that doesn’t automatically render your argument wrong! Or actually read what you have written and realise what you are saying.

  8. Hi – great explanation how to change the feed. Some of us, unlike the Beano guy, prefer our local news instead of Microsoft US global news. (That was a joke, Beano, global, geddit?)

  9. wonderfull explanation.solve it in no time in windows 7!!!for someone asking i tried with chrome but finally did it with internet explorer.another utility of ie exept from download other browsers :)

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