How to Find an RSS Feed on a Website

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Introduction

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RSS readers and personalized start pages often come with a host of RSS feeds that you can choose. But oftentimes a favorite blog or news feed isn't among the choices, and it is sometimes necessary to find the Web address of the RSS feed you want to add.

The following steps will show you how to locate the RSS feed on your favorite blog or through your Web browser.

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How to Find the Feed in a Blog or Website

The symbol above is the most common icon used to designate an RSS feed on a blog or news feed. The Mozilla Foundation designed the icon and has given permission for the public to freely use the image. The free use has allowed the icon to spread throughout the Web and the icon has become the standard for RSS feeds.

If you locate the icon on a blog or website, clicking on it will usually take you to the feed's website where you can obtain the Web address. (See step 5 for what to do once you get there.)

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How to Find the Feed in Internet Explorer 7

Internet Explorer designates the RSS feed by enabling the RSS button located on the tab bar right next to the home page button. When a website does not have an RSS feed, this button will be grayed out.

Prior to Internet Explorer 7, the popular Web browser did not contain built in functionality for recognizing RSS feeds and designating them with the RSS icon. If you use an earlier version of Internet Explorer, you will need to upgrade to the newest version, upgrade to the Firefox browser or find the RSS icon within the site itself as described in step 2.

After locating the icon, clicking on it will take you to the feed's website where you can obtain the Web address. (See step 5 for what to do once you get there.)

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How to Find the Feed in Firefox

Firefox designates the RSS feed by attaching the RSS icon to the far right hand side of the address bar. When the website does not contain an RSS feed, this button will not appear.

After locating the icon, clicking on it will take you to the feed's website where you can obtain the Web address. (See step 5 for what to do once you get there.)

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After Finding the Feed's Address

Once you have reached the Web address of the RSS feed, you can capture it to the clipboard by highlighting the full address and choosing "edit" from the menu and clicking on "copy" or by holding down the control key and typing "C".

The Web address for the RSS feed will start with "http://" and usually ends with ".xml".

When you have the address copied to the clipboard, you can paste it into your RSS reader or personalized start page by choosing "edit" from the menu and clicking on "paste" or by holding down the control key and typing "V".

Note: You will need to follow the instructions for your feed reader or start page to find out where to paste the address to activate the feed.