How to add content feeds to MS Outlook

How to add intranet content feeds in MS Outlook

Use these instructions to add content feeds from intranet pages to your MS Outlook RSS folder. You can add a recent activity feed from any intranet page and even from specific search results.
Feeds from blogs, forums, news sections and calendars on your ThoughtFarmer intranet are particularly useful. New posts to these types of sections show up almost immediately in your RSS reader so you can always have access to the latest news from the comfort of your inbox.

Copy a page's RSS URL & open Outlook

You must be running a full version of MS Outlook on a PC in order to follow these instructions. This will not work on Outlook for Mac or in Outlook Web Access (OWA).
  • Step 1: Navigate to an intranet page and copy the page's RSS URL. How you get to the RSS URL depends on which web browser you're using (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari). Check your browser's documentation for RSS auto-discovery.
  • Step 2: Go to your email in MS Outlook.
  • Step 3: Right-click on the "RSS" folder listed in your Mailbox to bring up the dropdown menu.
  • Step 4: Click "Add a new RSS feed" from the dropdown menu. This will bring up the "New RSS Feed" pop-up box.
  • Step 4: Paste the RSS URL in the pop-up box and click the "Add" button.
  • Step 5: Another pop-up box will appear and ask "Add this RSS feed to Outlook?" Click "Yes." Next you'll see your new RSS feed listed under the "RSS Feeds" folder in your Mailbox.
  • Step 6: Click on the RSS feed in the folder to see and scroll through a list of recent feed items.

Hot intranet tip!

Add an intranet search RSS feed to Outlook 

Every time you run a search on the intranet you can capture an RSS feed from that specific search. The feed will show new items any time newly posted content on the intranet matches your search terms.

Example: If you search for "instructions" on the ThoughtFarmer Support site you can copy the RSS URL from the search results page and paste it as a new RSS feed in Outlook. Every time a new page is created that would come up in your search results you'll see it listed in the feed.
  • Step 1: Run a search on your intranet.
  • Step 2: On the search results page copy the RSS feed URL. How you get to the RSS URL depends on which web browser you're using (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari).
  • Step 3: Follow the instructions above for adding a new RSS feed in Outlook. 
Now you'll always see the latest search results right in the comfort of your Outlook Mailbox.