How to Sync RSS Feed Subscriptions Between Microsoft Outlook And IE

Groovy Outlook News, Tips, Tricks, How-To, Tutorials, Questions, and AnswersEarlier we talked about how to use Outlook as an RSS reader, but the biggest challenge with that was manually inserting all of your new feeds.  With competing readers (such as Google Reader, My Yahoo, News Gator, etc.) to add a feed all you have to do is just Click the Subscribe button.  If only there were a way to make it as simple with the Outlook Reader! Oh, that’s right, there is!

Well, if you’re using Internet Explorer 8 as your web browser – there is a setting within Outlook that easily allows you to exchange Feed subscriptions between the two programs.  Let’s take a look at how to set it up.

The Common Feed List (CFL) is in Internet Explorer under the Favorites > Feeds tab.  When you subscribe to a feed using Internet Explorer, this is where you find it stored.

the common feed list located in internet explorer's Favorites bar

How To Sync Feeds Between Outlook 2010 and Internet Explorer.

1. Open Outlook and Click the File ribbon, then Select Options.

Note: This location is unique to Outlook 2010; in earlier versions of Outlook these options are located under the Tools menu.

in outlook 2010 use the file ribbon to open up options

2. Click the Advanced button and then Scroll Down and Check the box for Synchronize RSS Feeds to the Common Feed List (CFL) in Windows. Click OK to finish.

in the outlook 2010 options window scroll down to advanced then click Syncrhonize RSS feeds checkbox button under RSS feeds

Now whenever you Add a new feed to the Common Feed List (aka your Favorites in Internet Explorer), they will also be automatically added to Outlook, and it works the other way around too.  This tip is a groovy way to manage your Outlook RSS feeds if you’re using Internet Explorer as your browser of choice.

rss feeds will automatically be sync'd between Outlook 2007, or 2010 and Internet Explorer



  1. shockersh

    Now that’s one i’ve not seen before. very cool!

  2. Brian

    This would be far better if i knew whether this setting could be set for all users via an AD group policy. We have 1000+ employees; most of them are not capable of or are unwilling to following these instructions, but the end result would be very beneficial for internal communications. Does anyone know if this Outlook setting can be set via group policy?

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