I set up my Outlook Program to recieve the Daily Dilbert cartoon, which is done via RSS feed. I have really enjoyed those. It helps each day to start work with a Dilbert. Yeah, some of them are dumb, but a lot of them are hilarious.
What is an RSS Feed?
An RSS Feed is simply a standardized format for publishing information, especially if it’s frequently updated. It is used a lot by News sites, blogs, and the like. You can view an RSS Feed in a feed reader and see a headline and/or description (or a comic). I’ve attached not only Dilbert, but some of my favorite blog sites to Outlook via RSS feeds, so that when they are updated, I get a copy of the new entry in Outlook. Obviously, there’s a whole lot more to it than that (most of which I’m not familiar with), but that’s the basic idea. There are tons of different ways to view RSS Feeds. Outlook works for me, so I haven’t really looked into other methods.
How to add Dilbert RSS feeds to Outlook 2007:
- Go to Dilbert.com and click on the RSS feed link.
- Choose the feed you want and click on that link (I chose the “strips” link, which is the Daily Dilbert)
- From there you can see the RSS feed along with options for adding the feed to a web reader. Look for a link that says: “View Feed xml” and click on that.
- Copy the URL from the address bar.
- Open Outlook.
- There should be a folder called “RSS Feeds” Right-click on that and choose “Add new RSS feed”
- Paste the URL into the window that pops up.
- You will then be prompted as to whether you wanted to add the RSS feed, so you’ll have to click on “Yes” for that as well.
If you have the actuall RSS URL, then steps 4-8 can be used to add any RSS Feed to Outlook.