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How do you use a web feed?

Web feeds can be used multiple ways. The most common method is to add the web feed to a feed reader (also known as a news reader). There are many kinds of feed readers, including in-browser, web-based and stand-alone. Many e-mail programs provide feed reading as an option or as a plug-in. Mobile phones and PDAs can also be used to track web feeds.

When you click the orange icon for a feed, a menu will ask you to choose an option for handling the feed. If, instead, you see the code for the feed, the most likely reason is that you are using Internet Explorer 6. When I click on a web feed, why do I see a mess of code?

To follow feeds without a browser, you can use a stand-alone feed reading program such as Feed Reader or RSS Reader. You can keep track of your web feeds in a web-based service such as Google, My Yahoo, Newsgator, Bloglines, or My AOL.

Modern browsers, such as Internet Explorer 7, are also built to handle web feeds. To subscribe to a web feed, do the following:

1. Click the  Web feed icon. The web feed page appears.

2. Click on the Subscribe to this feed hyperlink. An Internet Explorer dialog appears.

3. Optionally, you can change the name or save location of the web feed.

4. Click Subscribe. The web feed page appears, indicating the subscription was successful.

Older browsers, such as Internet Explorer 6, cannot be used with web feeds. If you are using an older browser, right-click on the Web feed icon and select Copy Shortcut. Then paste the web feed link into a web-based or stand-alone feed reader.

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