Although Google Reader is probably one of my favorite RSS (Really Simple Syndication) readers, Windows 7 also has a clean and simple RSS Reader / Gadget built-in. The Windows 7 Feed Reader gadget runs very light, and you shouldn’t notice any performance issues unlike old Windows Vista gadgets. Although it’s not as robust as Google Reader, it’s good enough for keeping track of just a few feeds real-time which can be handy for news sites or groovyPost! 🙂
Unlike the gadget from Windows Vista, the new Feed Reader does not manage it’s own list of RSS feeds. Instead feeds are pulled directly from your Internet Explorer Feed Subscriptions. Make sense? Let’s take a closer look!
How To Manage and Organize Windows 7 Feed Reader
1. First let’s bring the gadget to the visible desktop. To do this Right-Click any open space on the Desktop. Then Click Gadgets.
2. The Gadgets window will appear, Right-Click Feed Headlines and then Click Add.
3. On the top-right of your desktop you’ll feed reader gadget open up. You’ll see the toolbar for it appear on the right-hand side if you hover over the gadget. Click the wrench (Options).
Note: For the dedicated RSS fan, the Larger size feature is very handy and makes your RSS feeds much easier to red.
4. Now in the Feed Headlines window, Click the Display this feed: drop-list menu. You can select to display all of your subscribed IE feeds, or just one of your favorites.
It’s sleek, its minimalist, and it keeps you updated. Very Groovy!