Adding Your Feed Subscriptions Windows 7 Feed Headlines Sidebar Gadget

March 26th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in Windows by bharath

If you are using either Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you might be knowing about a desktop sidebar widget called “Feed Headlines”.By default this gadget will show pre-loaded RSS feeds from various popular news and other websites like MSN, CNN etc.,.But have you ever thought about controlling these feeds adding your own feed subscriptions from your favorite RSS feed reader instead ??

That would be great, right? Here we are going to show how to setup your “Feed Headlines” gadget to show feeds from your feed subscriptions (using OPML file) :

Pre-requisite: An OPML file exported from your RSS feed reader

Step 1: Open your Internet Explorer (possibly Internet explorer 8), find a button called “Favorites” and click on it to expand its options.

favorites button in internet explorer

Step 2:  As shown in the following screen shot, find “Import and Export” option from the menu.

import export favorites in internet explorer

Step 3: Choose the option “Import from a file” in the next window.

import export favorites settings in internet explorer

Step 4:  In the next step, you will be asked “What would you like to import? ”, select the option “Feeds”.

Import/Export settings in Favorites settings

Step 5:   Now locate the “OPML” file that you have got from your favorite feed reader.(Read the guide to export as OPML from feed readers).


Step 6: Select a destination folder for your imported feeds and click “Next”.

selecting destination folder for feeds import ie favorites

Step 7: Now you have successfully imported your feed subscriptions from a feed reader.

feeds successfully imported to internet explorer favorites

Step 8: Go to your Feed Headlines gadget and choose the feed subscriptions folders from which you want your gadget to display feeds.

Feed Headlines gadget choose feed folders

That’s it from the settings side, now go check your feed headlines gadget, which is supposed to show feeds as shown here in the following screen shot.

Feed Headlines Sidebar gadget

This is a simple and straight forward process.However if you face any difficulties while doing this, let me know through your comments.

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