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Learn how to collect and view news stories in Safari

Not many Mac users know that Safari has a very handy built-in RSS reader. Follow our step-by-step guide to make the most of this underrated OS X tool.

OSX Tutorial - Safari RSS - Sidebar
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With the built-in RSS reader, keeping tabs on the latest news and information has never been easier because you can do it from within Safari.
It’s very easy to get to grips with and you can instantly see which pages have RSS feeds and which do not by looking at the address bar. Those with such feeds have a badge which says RSS and clicking on this takes you directly to the feed. Once you have the feed on your Mac, you are given a wealth of options. The feed can be manipulated to show just headlines or you can toggle it to show more of the article, depending on your preference. And you can also bring multiple feeds under one list by creating a folder, which you can name anything you like. The beauty of RSS feeds is that you don’t have to jump from website to website. All of the site’s articles are updated and presented to you and if something takes your fancy it only need to click on it to read more.

OSX Tutorial - Safari RSS - Step-By-Step

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Step 1: Find the feed

If there is an RSS feed associated with a webpage, you will see a badge labelled RSS in the address bar. Simply click it to see the feed contents.

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Step 2: Reading the feed

Here you can see the feed itself. On the right-hand side of the screen, you will see a variety of options. You can sort the feed by date, title, source or new.

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Step 3: Choose article length

Depending on your preference, you can choose to have as much preview as you wish. Just slide the Article Length option – here we have just headlines.

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Step 4: Search the feed

You can also search through your feed. Just type your query into the Search Articles box. You can bookmark it by clicking Bookmark This Search.

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Step 5: Add a folder

It’s good practice to keep all of your bookmarks in specific folders for use later on. Just click Bookmarks and choose Add Bookmark Folder and name it.

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Step 6: Alter the preferences

Go to Safari>Preferences and click the RSS tab in the pop-up box. Here, you can choose where you want updated pieces to appear.

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Step 7: Find the feeds

Feeds which have been bookmarked will appear in your Bookmarks folder. You can see which are feeds by the use of a small RSS badge alongside them.

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Step 8: Using Mail program

As well as using Safari as an RSS reader, you can also use Mail. To do so, click Subscribe In Mail on the right- hand sidebar in Safari and the program will open.

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Step 9: Working with articles

Here we see our first two feeds have been read. We can arrange the feed in many ways including today, yesterday, the last seven days, this month and last.

Click on the image below to zoom in and view the annotations.

OSX Tutorial - Safari RSS - Annotated