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October 12, 2007

Outlook Not Good: Killing RSS Softly

Anyone other than me utterly sick of Outlook 2007 acting like it was abducted by aliens and transplanted into a concrete-like body before escaping the alien mothership?

 Strange Armor? More like Strange Straitjacket. A Strangejacket!

I’ve resolved to get my performance back! At least as much as I can on my own. Some things may only improve with Office 2007 SP1, whenever it decides to rear its pretty little head.

Anyway, here’s how to put the ker-smash on RSS feeds, which should absolutely be the first thing you pull the plug on inside Outlook 2007. Mainly because, as implemented, the feature stinks to high heaven. Hands-up if most of your feeds don’t update anymore. That’s what I thought.

Anyway, if you give a crap about getting any actual work done with Outlook 2007, here’s how to nuke RSS.

First, disable the RSS Sync option if it’s enabled. You can find it under Tools, Options, Other tab, Advanced Options…

La la la la la laaaa...

Clear the checkbox from the Spawn of Satan AKA “Sync RSS Feeds to the Common Feed List”

Check ON! Check OFF!

Click OK twice to get back to your Inbox.

But wait!

You’ve still got to delete all those RSS Feeds you so lovingly added in your initial rush of Outlook 2007 glee. Time to give them a good roundhouse kick to the face!

Chuck Chuck bo buck...banana fanna fo...oh.

Even if you use IE7 as your feed reader, you can always whack feeds in Outlook with wild abandon. It doesn’t sync changes or deletions upstream. But prolly better to wait until after you’ve disabled the Sync RSS option in Outlook, just to be on the safe side.

Unfortunately, the root RSS Feeds folder is protected. So you can’t just toss it and create another one.

And if you have a ton of RSS feeds in Outlook, then you’ll prolly hate…

  • Right-clicking each one
  • Clicking “Delete”
  • Answering the brain-dead “Are you sure you want to delete this?” message for each deletion.

Here’s a faster way…

  • Create a subfolder under RSS Feeds (I named mine BYE BYE).
  • Move each feed’s folder into the BYE BYE subfolder using the good old drag.drop.repeat maneuver.
  • Delete the subfolder.
  • Answer one prompt.

 Congratulations! You just went Chuck Norris on Outlook’s lameass RSS Feeds.

I'll bet you're glad you were wearing your officially licensed Chuck Norris Action Jeans. The Official Jeans For Kicking Ass In! 

Felt pretty good, huh?

Just wait’ll we whip your rules into shape!

|| posted by chris under clueless, rx, thumbs down || comments (2) || ||


  1. Yep, the RSS feeds just stopped syncing one day. I’ve moved to Google Reader and I think I’ll be following your advice.

    comment by Vijay Singh Riyait — October 13, 2007 @ 6:41 am

  2. I do have problems with RSS feeds in Outlook (mine update and continue to download more than once).

    But, I LOVE the format, the three pane and the all in one experience. Thoughts on how to replace?

    comment by Jeremy Epstein — October 13, 2007 @ 7:51 pm

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