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How to Subscribe to RSS Feeds with Google Reader and Internet Explorer

Posted in Google Calendar and Gmail, RSS Syndication, Technology by engtech on November 08, 2007

Mastering the Google

In August I was being the dutiful son and trying to get my father hooked on RSS feeds. (It’s like the Ring — if you get someone hooked on RSS you no longer have 700 unread items in Google Reader)

I hit a snag: his browser of choice is Internet Explorer and there wasn’t a simple way to “one-click subscribe” like there is in Firefox. I couldn’t come up with a quick solution while I was there, but I did bitch about it afterwards which lead to one of my readers coming up with a solution using Google Toolbar. Thanks!

To Install

Step 1: Install Google Toolbar (if you don’t already have it)

Step 2: Install the Add to Google Reader button for the toolbar

To Use

Step 1: Click on an RSS feed link

Subscribe to feed
Click to subscribe using RSS

Step 2: Click on the RSS icon in the Google Toolbar

subscribe with Google Reader and Internet Explorer

Step 3: Choose the Subscribe with Google Reader option

one click subscribe with google reader

The only gotcha is that you have to click on the feed URL before clicking on the Add to Google Reader button. This is because the Google Toolbar Button API doesn’t support RSS feed autodiscovery (something they’ll hopefully rectify). It’s still not as simple as subscribing to a feed with Firefox, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Thanks for helping me with this Eric, this is a great example of the lazyweb in action.

For the geeks in the audience, building a custom button is quite easy. I’m going to have to give it a try some time.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<custombuttons xmlns="http://toolbar.google.com/custombuttons/">
    <title>Add to Google Reader</title>
    <description>Add to Google Reader</description>

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  1. DutchMonkey said, on November 08, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    Hi – I’m new to your blog; I have to ask: what is the plugin you’re using for your AWESOME code view? Impressive.

    Great site. I’ve been struggling with FF memory for ages and found your excellent post on how to resolve it. So far, so good! Thanks!

  2. engtech said, on November 08, 2007 at 5:34 pm


    This is the package wordpress.com uses for syntax hilighting: http://code.google.com/p/syntaxhighlighter/

    Thanks for dropping by, and I hope you come around again.

  3. Lord Byron said, on November 08, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    I’ll have to try this.

  4. Dan said, on November 28, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    I just ran into this problem, and found your post. Very helpful. I wonder if there is a way to do it without installing google toolbar. (I’d rather not, I like to keep my browser very thin.) Del.icio.us has a simple “post to del.icio.us” link that I added to my links toolbar, maybe they could create something similar to that?

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