Use Google Reader In Outlook [How-To]

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When you use Outlook for several hours each day at work but prefer to use Google Reader over the Outlook RSS reader, I have the perfect tip for ya!  I especially like this because I can keep all my feeds in 1 place for both home and work yet, I don’t need to have an extra browser open to keep up with news as it comes into my Google Reader! Yeah. Very Groovy!

The idea is simple; we’re going to assign the home page of the RSS folder to the Google Reader website.  Yup, Outlook can act as a web browser, and although it’s entirely separate from Internet Explorer, it still uses the same engine and is fully capable of running Google web apps.

The homepage feature in Outlook isn’t new, but this is a very groovy trick nonetheless.


How To Use Google Reader From Within Microsoft Office Outlook


1. In Outlook Right-Click the RSS Feeds folder and Select Properties from the menu

Outlook & Google Reader - RSS feeds > properties


2. Click the Home Page tab, Check the box for Show home page by default for this folder.  Then for Address, Type in and Click OK when finished.

Outlook & Google Reader - show home page by default, and enter the google reader URL


Now when you Click the RSS Feeds folder instead of showing the built-in Outlook feed reader, you’ll see the Google Reader web page.  Just sign-in to Google Reader through the Outlook window and start reading all of your favorite feeds!

Outlook & Google Reader - using google reader within outlook



  1. Izzmo

    January 25, 2010 at 11:07 am

    2 things I like about this post:

    1: You are using Outlook 2010 Beta 2 :D
    2: That is really nifty!

    • grooveDexter

      January 25, 2010 at 4:04 pm

      The new outlook is great! Gotta love it.

      • Izzmo

        January 25, 2010 at 4:23 pm

        Oh yeah, it’s a vast improvement of 2007.

        • Tristo

          January 25, 2010 at 8:33 pm

          Yah – if only I had office 2010 ;)

  2. Joseph

    January 25, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Now that is an awesome tip. I’m an avid google reader user so this is really nice.. It also poses a lot of other questions however about OTHER things I can do with outlook.

    Thanks for the FYI Dex.

  3. Shockersh

    January 28, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    @tristo dude, office 2010 is free. Just download it ;)

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