Learn How to Read RSS News Feeds in Mac OS X 10.7 and Earlier Mail

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In 2012, Apple discontinued RSS feeds in its Mail and Safari applications with the release of Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. They were eventually returned to Safari but not to the Mail application. This article refers to the Mail application in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and earlier.

Read RSS News Feeds in Mac OS X Mail 10.7 and Earlier

The Apple Mail application in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and earlier can receive not only mail but also articles or headlines from RSS news feeds. You can even have news feeds appear in your inbox along with email newsletters.

To add an RSS news feed to your Mac OS X Mail:

  1. Open the Mail application on your Mac.

  2. Select File, and then click Add RSS Feeds from the menu bar.

  3. If you have the desired feed already bookmarked in Safari:

    • Choose Browse Feeds in Safari Bookmarks.
    • Use Collections and the search field to locate the desired RSS news feed or feeds.
    • Make sure the boxes of all feeds you want to read in Mail are checked.
    • Click Add.
  4. To add a feed that is not bookmarked in Safari:

    • Choose Specify a custom feed URL.
    • Copy and paste the RSS news feed's address from your browser.
    • Click OK.
  5. That's it!

Read RSS News Feed Items in Your Mac OS X Mail Inbox

To see new articles from a feed in your Mac OS X Mail inbox:

  1. Open the feed under RSS in the mailbox list.

  2. Click the up arrow.

Click the down arrow in the feed's folder under Inbox to remove it from the inbox but not from Mac OS X Mail altogether.

Read RSS News Feeds Grouped by Folder in Mac OS X Mail

To read multiple feeds grouped together:

  1. Click the + button at the bottom of the mailbox list.

  2. Select New Mailbox from the menu.

  3. Make sure RSS (or a subfolder thereof) is selected under Location.

  4. Type the desired name (for example, "Morning Reading").

  5. Click OK.

  6. Move all desired RSS news feeds to the folder.

  7. Open the folder to read items from all the feeds in it.