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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube, Mint.com, Etsy, and more. Check back every Monday for tips on topics from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.
Jess Stratton, here and welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. In the last video, I showed you how to use the Chrome browser and start adding content to your feedly. It's like having a magazine that's 100% custom tailored to your interests. So now that the content is there. In this video, I'm going to show you how you can further customize feedly once you're in it, and reading your content. So that it can be the best possible experience you could have. And tailored to the way that you like to read.
I've logged into feedly. And right now, it's on the today view. So here's all my articles from today. And I can see that the first category that it picked for me is Cooking. So, everything that's in my cooking category is right in this feed. We move down to the Learning category and here's all the new releases from lynda.com that I had in my feed. I also have a News category and so on and so on. I can go through them all. So there's a few things that we can do. The first thing that we can do at any time is click on any of these categories, and read them one at a time.
So if I just want to read my news, I can click News. The same with all my favorite Productivity blogs. And technology and so on and so on. Now, some ways that you can customize it, is by changing the way that they display in the view. So here's a default view, and I can change that view at any time by coming over to the top right and clicking on these four icons. For example, I can switch to a title-only view. This shows me the blog that it came from, the title of the blog article, and a little bit of a description of it.
It will also tell me how long ago it was posted on the website itself. Now it gets more apparent when I have multiple sites in that category. For example, I'm going to switch to my Productivity category and change to the Title Only View. So here, you can see on the left hand side all the different sites that it's coming from. I can change to what they call Magazine View. This is my personal favorite. It just is a very pretty view. And it makes it fun to read. I can see the thumbnail image that was from that site. Here's the same title and here's the same description except it's just a little easier to read.
I can also change to a larger view. Now remember more or less articles is going to fit on the page depending on which view you choose. It's the same content though. Finally I can choose a full article view, in which I can read it in line right from Feedly. I can decide at any time which one I want to keep by default, by coming down here on the left-hand side on the bottom of the screen, an choosing preferences. This is going to ask me which my default view is. Now I like magazines, so I chose Magazine.
I can fix that at any time, and come back in and change it. I can also choose which page I want feedly to load when I start it. For example, only sites that were updated today all of them, or something that it calls the index view. I'll show you that in a second. So you can explore all of the preferences that you can change. Get it all set up the way you want, and when you are finally done. We can move out of it, and I'll show you what index means on the left-hand side here.
This is going to show me all my categories such as Updates, Productivity, News. These are things that I've made, what sites are in them, and how many unread articles are in there. At any time, I can click on that and go right to that category and start reading. Now suppose I have a feed that I don't want any more. Or it's just an old feed, my interest has changed. Or perhaps I've just added it to the wrong category. I can change those at any time.
I'm going to click on Organize on the left hand side of the screen. And this is going to bring me to a drag and drop screen. I can see all my categories and I can see all the sites that's in them. At any time I can remove a site from this by clicking on the x. It's going to ask me if I want to unsubscribe from the the site, and I can choose yes or no. In this case, I do want it removed, so I'll click Yes. I can also move things around. For example, I noticed while I was going through my categories That BBC News is in the wrong category.
It keeps showing up in my technology, but I want it in the news category. I can take BBC News, click and hold the mouse, and drag and drop right into the news category. Now it's in the right place. I can also further organize this view by creating new categories or by moving things around. For example, here's my relax category in which I look at these sites over my morning coffee or whenever I have some free time. Now I can further refine that. For example, I have two sites in here that might be better suited to their own category.
So I'm going to take this site, drag it all the way into New Category. I'll then get prompted to name that new category. I'll call it Cars. Click the green Create button, and I've got my new category. Now I can take my second site, and move it in to the category. I can see that change instantly on the left hand side. And now whenever I go into my new Cars category, I'll be brought right in to the dual nic in the Reddit mini-site that I created.
So now I can take my time and browse these sites. Now there's one more thing I want to show you. I'm going to come down here and select Themes. Because if you're getting your magazine all set up the way you want it you might as well get it to be a nice color that you like. So here's where you can change the color. Go through, find one that you like, and update the color. Now when you come into your Today view. It'll save the color and it'll always be there when you go back into your feedly. So, that's a little bit about how you can organize your feeds, move them around, delete old feeds and create new categories.
I encourage you to go through, check the preferences, change the way your feeds are displayed, and get it all set up to be your perfect magazine.
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