Enable Windows 7 RSS Feed Reader Gadget [How-To]

groovyPost. The best RSS feed for computer related tutorials, help, community, and answersAlthough Google Reader is probably one of my favorite RSS (Really Simple Syndication) readers, Windows 7 also has a clean and straightforward RSS Reader/Gadget built-in.  The Windows 7 Feed Reader gadget runs very lightly, 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!  :)

the windows 7 feed reader in small modeIE subscribed Feeds favorites tab

Unlike the gadget from Windows Vista, the new Feed Reader does not manage its 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.

windows 7 feed reader gadgets context menu access

2. The Gadgets window will appear; Right-Click Feed Headlines and then Click Add.

how to add a feed reader gadget in windows 7

3. On the top-right of your desktop, your feed reader gadget opens 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 read.

a map of the microsoft feed reader gadget in windows 7

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.

groovy community tech feeds by groovy geeks and how to subcribe to them

All done!

RSS feeds being displayed in Windows 7 using the easy feed gadget

It’s sleek, its minimalist, and it keeps you updated.  Very Groovy!



  1. staples

    August 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks so much for this, it’s is exactly what I’ve been looking for!

  2. Peter

    October 11, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Very usefull thank you!

  3. MrGroove

    November 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Yeah… not the greatest decision in the world by uncle balmer.

  4. Qu

    November 25, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Thats not correct seb , i just add a feed through my Windows live mail app and it works (:
    no need for IE (: thx for this solution i was wondering is there a way to tell the app what to show in the feeds like make the feeds smaller ? with restriction of what to feed?

  5. Sean Murphy

    January 28, 2011 at 4:19 am


    • MrGroove

      January 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      Your welcome Sean!!!!! – Oh, and welcome to the site! I see that’s your first comment here!

      • pk

        May 14, 2013 at 12:44 am


  6. Ciel

    February 3, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Is there anyway that I can view the feeds shown here in order of date? Since mine shows it in alphabetical order.

  7. masgalz

    May 19, 2011 at 9:25 am

    thanks… its very helpful

    its my first comment

  8. Sherry Cain

    June 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks for the info! This is perfect for what I need. GROOVY!

  9. Emily

    June 11, 2011 at 9:26 am

    So, you can’t link it to feedly or firefox? Goodbye Microsoft.

  10. MrVulcan

    June 23, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    So I can add feeds to the feed reader gadget through Windows Live Mail, but what if I have neither Internet Explorer, nor Windows Live Mail?

  11. islandmountain

    July 25, 2011 at 1:55 am

    How to add a feed from Firefox??? Isn’t that possible with the win7 gadget? :(

    • MrVulcan

      July 25, 2011 at 3:40 am

      Not in any way that I know of.

  12. MrVulcan

    September 6, 2011 at 7:23 am

    First of all, Africa, please be a little more careful with the Caps Lock and Shift keys.

    I hope that your solution is useful for someone else. As for me…my problem is not that I don’t know how to *find* a URL of an RSS feed, but rather that I don’t know how to enter it into the feed reader gadget.

    Live long and prosper,


    • Africa

      September 7, 2011 at 10:58 am

      You have to use Windows Live Mail. That is what I’m using.
      When you are on Windows Live Mail, go on the tab feeds on the left hand side. Then on the top left there’s another logo that says FEED, click on It and finish by placing the URL in the required space and Voila ! the job is done.

      I hope that was clear enough.
      I still don’t understand the Caps Lock and shift key thing that you said. o.O

      • MrVulcan

        September 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm

        I understand your instructions, but I’m not planning on using Windows Live Mail just for this RSS feed reader.

        I made that remark about the Caps Lock and Shift keys, because you had put a line in all capital letters, except for the first letter.

      • Ryan

        May 1, 2016 at 9:05 pm

        how r u stuppose to kno the url??i opened windows live maild did what usaid but how r u suppose to kno the url//

  13. Africa

    September 8, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Oh, that was the Caps lock remark, alright mate, noted ! :)

    If you don’t want to use Windows Live Mail then i don’t know how to help you. That is what I use.

  14. Eddie

    November 4, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    To Add this you can import XML from your GOOGLE READER. FANTASTIC! I used to hate Gadgets…

  15. MrVulcan

    November 5, 2011 at 2:09 am

    I was just wondering…
    Internet Explorer saves short-cuts as plain text, right? Would it save RSS feeds the same way? If so, then all we need is the format, location, and name of the file(s). Does anyone know?

  16. Mia

    November 30, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Sometimes Chrome,IE and mozilla crashed.But still, you can use RSS ad ons.

  17. gadget

    January 20, 2012 at 5:45 am

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  18. Mr. Osom

    July 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    this does not work with google chrome…only IE

  19. clear

    March 13, 2013 at 2:53 am

    An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a co-worker who had
    been doing a little homework on this. And
    he in fact ordered me dinner simply because I found it for him.
    .. lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!
    ! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to talk about this issue here on your web site.

  20. haaly88

    January 19, 2015 at 12:56 am

    I’m not use windows 7 gadget, because slow down my computer

  21. asan

    April 18, 2016 at 9:39 am

    im not using gadget coz of trobling and slow

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