Feeds Reader User Guide

Below is a text version of the above video guide with a more detailed explanation of Feeds Reader's features and options.

  1. About Feeds Reader
  2. Categories
  3. Feeds
  4. Articles (Feed Items)
  5. Custom Feeds (deprecated)
  6. Advanced Settings

About Feeds Reader

Feeds Reader is a very effective and undervalued way to consume content in the form of feeds. You can organize content feeds into categories based on their topic, content type, content source, or any other parameter. You can sort and filter feed articles (items), use the search option, add notes and tags, mark your favorite articles and even combine them into your own personal feeds.  It's content curation at its best!

You can add feeds to your Feeds Reader either from Feeds Box or from any other RSS Ground content generator. Also, you can subscribe to feeds via Feeds Reader itself. In this case, they will still be automatically added to your Feeds Box. All feeds added through Feeds Reader will be considered public feeds and will be also considered in your membership plan limits.

To start using Feeds Reader, you need to sign up for any of RSS Ground membership plans including Basic (free).

If you already have RSS Ground account, go to the ACCOUNT section and click "Feeds Reader". Or use the main navigation menu:

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Categories

Let's start with creating a category for your feeds. By default, you have an Uncategorized category with an official RSS Ground feed in it.

To create a new category go to the Settings menu and click on the "Create category..." option.

Name your category and press OK. You can create as many categories as you need. They will be listed in the left sidebar. And you can expand a category to see all feeds added to it. But before you can see your categories in the left sidebar you need to add at least one content feed to them.

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Feeds

The easiest way to add feeds is to click on the "Settings" icon in the top-right corner and then select "Add feeds from Feeds Box". You will be redirected to your Feeds Box where you can select feeds and send them to your Reader, into any category.

Another way is to manually subscribe to a feed by clicking on the  "Subscribe to feed..." option. If you wish to manually add a whole list of content feeds into the same category, use the "Batch subscribe..." option.

Enter your content feed's URL and choose a category from the dropdown menu.

Note: When you subscribe to a new content feed it may take up to several minutes to parse its content and display it in your Feeds Reader.

To move your content feed to another category or completely remove it from your Feeds Reader, right-click on your feed in the left navigation bar. Then choose the "Edit feed" option. Or click on your feed and go to the Settings menu and choose the "Edit this feed..." option.

You will be able to choose another category for your feed, rename it, copy or edit the feed's URL or unsubscribe and remove it from Feeds Reader completely.

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Articles (Feed Items)

By default, all articles (items) from your feeds are sorted chronologically, with the most recent at the top and show only titles. Click the article's title to see the content.

You can add your custom tags or notes to each article. This will allow you, if needed, to filter all articles which have notes or organize them by tags.

Also, you can "star" articles. And you can find these articles in the "Starred articles" category in the left sidebar.

For a better user experience, you can use sorting, selection, and filtering options from the upper menu. 

Use the  "Search by keyword" option to find relevant articles. You can search all articles from all of your feeds, within a particular category, or just in a single feed. Learn more about Feeds Reader search syntax.

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Custom Feeds (deprecated)

The custom feeds option in Feeds Reader was deprecated. Please use the Personal Feeds option instead.

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Advanced Settings

Along with the basic settings and options described above, we also offer you some "Advanced settings", which can be found by clicking on the "Settings" icon.

Feeds Preview

First of all, you can change the way you preview your feeds and articles into a split-screen mode (Gmail style). Go to Advanced setting > Preferences tab.

Make sure "Combined feed display" is unchecked. 

Now you can preview your articles with the list of all articles above the preview window. 

For a vertical preview, go to the Settings and click on "Toggle widescreen mode".

Advanced feeds settings

In the Feeds tab you can drag and drop feeds from one category to another. There are some other useful options like bulk feeds editing (reassign a group of feeds to another category), batch (bulk) subscribing or unsubscribing. Here you can also rename or remove your categories.

Export/Import feeds

If you keep your content feeds in a different reader and this reader supports OPML option you can easily move your feeds to our Feeds Reader.

Generate OPML file with all your feeds in your previous reader, and save it on your computer. Now go to Feeds Reader, in the Settings menu choose "Advanced settings" and then go to the "Feeds" tab. Find "OPML" option on the bottom of the screen.

In the OPML section press " Choose file..." button to upload your OPML file with all your content feeds.

Advanced filters

Advanced filters is a very powerful and flexible feature that can significantly ease the task of selecting targeted content from the ocean of information coming through your content feeds. For example, you can set to automatically save new articles that mention a specific keyword to a specific personal feed. Or automatically mark as read or hide new articles that mention specific keywords. 

Go to the Filters tab to set up your advanced filters. If you are familiar with Gmail filters these filters work the same way.

Read more about advanced filters in our separate article

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