How advanced filters work in Feeds Reader

Filters are a very powerful and flexible tool that may significantly ease the task of selecting targeted content from the ocean of information coming through your content feeds. Filters are applied to articles based on the regular expression method. If you have a Gmail account and use filters in there, our Feeds Reader filters are very similar.

To create an advanced filter, go to Settings > Advanced settings. In the Filters tab press "Create filter".

Filter objects

Each filter object may contain an arbitrary amount of regular expression rules and actions. Each expression may have an inverse flag set, which inverts the matching results. On top of that, the filter may also have an inverse flag, which inverts the final matching.

Filter object may be configured to successfully match when either one or all rules match.

Regular expressions may be applied to several article (feed item) elements, such as title, content, author, etc.

Please, do not include delimiters (e.g. /) when defining a rule's regular expression.

Filters are sequentially applied in the user-specified order. It is possible to reorder filters using drag and drop. If no manual sorting is specified, filters are sorted alphabetically according to user-configured caption. If no caption is specified for any filter, the loading order is not guaranteed.

Matching articles and applying actions

NOTE: Filters are applied only when your feed is checked for new updates, they will not retroactively apply to articles already shown in your feeds.

Available filter actions:

  1. Delete article - do not show such articles in the feed
  2. Mark as read - automatically marked such articles as read
  3. Set starred - automatically sets such articles as starred
  4. Assign tags - automatically assign specified tags to such articles
  5. Assign to custom feed - automatically assign such articles to specified custom feed
  6. Stop / Do nothing - stop further filters for such articles

Example: filter articles and add them to a personal feed

For our example, we will filter articles that contain specific keywords from content feeds and add these articles to one of our personal feeds. 

We go to Advanced settings, to Filters tab, and press "Create filter".

This is going to be our test filter so let's call it the same. Enter "Test filter" in the Caption field (you can rename it if needed later).

First, we have to set up match criteria - an occasion that will initiate our filter.

We go to the Match section and press Add.

There we have to specify our regular expression. For our example, it will be just a keyword - Facebook.

Now we go to "on field" drop-down and choose "Title and content".

Both settings mean that we wish to filter articles that contain the word Facebook in either titles or descriptions.

And then we choose what feeds we wish to filter. You can choose either one specific feed, a whole category, or all of your feeds saved in Feeds Reader. Choose and press "Add rule".

Note: you can set several rules at a time, and you have to do so if you wish to filter feeds also by a different keyword or to filter several categories or whatsoever.

Now we go to the Apply actions section and press Add.

In the "Perform Actions" drop-down choose "Add to personal feed" and then choose a personal feed from the list. Press Add action.

As we already said, you can set several rules for one filter, as well as several actions. For example, we set to filter all our content feeds by two keywords - Facebook and Twitter - add them to our Personal Feed 1 and then mark them as Read.

As soon as you create all your rules and actions, press Create.

Your filter is set.

The same way you can create other filters using different  regular expressions and actions. In the Filters tab, you will see the list of your filters and will be able to manage them from here.

Also, read how you can use advanced filters with custom feeds to achieve better posting results.

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