groovyPost. The best RSS feed for computer related tutorials, help, community, and answersAlthough Google Reader is probably one of my favorite RSS (Really Simple Syndication) readers, Windows 7 also has a clean and straightforward RSS Reader/Gadget built-in.  The Windows 7 Feed Reader gadget runs very lightly, and you shouldn’t notice any performance issues, unlike old Windows Vista gadgets.  Although it’s not as robust as Google Reader, it’s good enough for keeping track of just a few feeds real-time which can be handy for news sites or groovyPost!  🙂

the windows 7 feed reader in small mode

IE subscribed Feeds favorites tab

Unlike the gadget from Windows Vista, the new Feed Reader does not manage its own list of RSS feeds.  Instead, feeds are pulled directly from your Internet Explorer Feed Subscriptions.  Make sense?  Let’s take a closer look!

How To Manage and Organize Windows 7 Feed Reader

1. First, let’s bring the gadget to the visible desktop.  To do this Right-Click any open space on the Desktop.  Then Click Gadgets.

windows 7 feed reader gadgets context menu access

2. The Gadgets window will appear; Right-Click Feed Headlines and then Click Add.

how to add a feed reader gadget in windows 7

3. On the top-right of your desktop, your feed reader gadget opens up.  You’ll see the toolbar for it appear on the right-hand side if you hover over the gadget.  Click the wrench (Options).

Note: For the dedicated RSS fan, the Larger size feature is very handy and makes your RSS feeds much easier to read.

a map of the microsoft feed reader gadget in windows 7

4. Now in the Feed Headlines window, Click the Display this feed: drop-list menu.  You can select to display all of your subscribed IE feeds or just one of your favorites.

groovy community tech feeds by groovy geeks and how to subcribe to them

All done!

RSS feeds being displayed in Windows 7 using the easy feed gadget

It’s sleek, its minimalist, and it keeps you updated.  Very Groovy!

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