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If you've ever needed to track information on a website, maybe with sports headlines, auctions, weather or financials, you typically have to load the website to view those updates. Well, with RSS feeds and web slices in Internet Explorer 8, you can now automatically subscribe to and receive those updates from web pages that change frequently, and even view the updates without having to load the entire website. So let's start by exploring RSS feeds. These are feeds that will display constantly updating information.
Notice I am at the Microsoft.com homepage here, and if you want to follow along with me can come here to Microsoft.com and on the toolbar, I see this little icon representing an RSS feed. Now when I click this button I'll be able to view the feeds on this page. If I click the dropdown button next to it, I can also see that the Microsoft PressPass, which is information for journalists, is the feed that I can access here. So when I click it, look at that. I get some the updated headlines. These are stories that are of special information to journalists.
If I want to subscribe to this feed, so I'm always getting the latest, notice there is a link here to subscribe to this feed. So we click the link. You can see the name that appears and then we can change that if we wanted to. I am just going to leave it at Microsoft PressPass, so I am going to take out the rest by highlighting and deleting. It's going to go into my Feeds section, so if I click my Favorites button and then the Feeds tab that's where I am going to find it. If I want to create a separate folder for this type of feed, I can do that, just like we did for creating Favorites.
We can even add it directly to the Favorites bar. So we don't have to access it through the Favorites button. Let's do that by clicking the checkbox and Subscribe. So when we do this we are now subscribed, and if I was to go back let's say to the Microsoft.com page and I want to access the feeds, I could be it anywhere. Let's go to the lynda.com site, for example. Well, I have added it here to my Favorites toolbar, so you'll notice Microsoft PressPass and I can click that to see each of those headlines.
So I don't have to open up the actual website to get there. I can go directly to one of these just by clicking them. You can see it takes me directly there. That's the equivalent of clicking the Favorites button, clicking the Feeds tab, and then clicking Microsoft PressPass. Now that does take me to the page where I can access those different links. And I am always getting the latest information. So let's go back with the Back button, all the way back to, I am going to go to the lynda.com website and let's talk about something else, something that's new here to Internet Explorer called web slices.
In the address field, I am going to click once and type espn.com. I am into sports and I always like to get the latest headlines. When I go this site, I don't see an RSS feed icon on the toolbar. I see a web slice icon. It looks a little bit different, a green with a little slice of pie in there. So if I wanted to, I can click the dropdown to see RSS feeds or ESPN: Headlines. And when I click the button, I can add the web slice to my Favorites. It's going to go directly to the Favorites bar.
So watch what happens when I click this button. You can see it just got added to my Favorites Bar. It's right there on the toolbar. So if I am somewhere else looking at some other information and I want to get the latest headlines, I just click the little dropdown, and I don't have to access the ESPN site. Look it. I have got these little headlines. If I wanted to go to one of those headlines, I simply click to read all about it. It opens up a brand-new tab for me. So when I am done reading, I click Close. And I can go back to the original site where I was.
So that's the beauty of a web slice. Now of course there are options for, when you subscribe to RSS feeds, and web slices. Let's go to the tools button on the toolbar and down to Internet Options. Now we'll select Content. Down below you'll see a section for Feeds and Web Slices and a Settings button where we can manipulate the settings. For example, how often are the feeds and web slices updated? Well, you can see here automatically everyday is the default, but we can change that to every half an hour, four hours a day, or every week.
I am going to change mine to 4 hours so I've always got the latest information at my fingertips without bogging down my system with constant updates. And you don't even have to have it automatically check feeds and web slices for updates. You can turn that off altogether. But I am going to have a check every four hours. Down below, Automatically mark feed as read when reading a feed. So if I go to any of those feeds that I've subscribed to, and I read them, they'll show up as read. So I know which ones I've looked at, which ones I haven't. I like that. I'll leave it on.
Turn on feed reading view so when I go to an actual feed, I am going to be reading that feed. It's an automatic setting. Do I want to hear sounds when a feed or a web slice is found for a web page, or when it's updated? These next two checkboxes are deselected so I am not hearing sounds, but if it's a important information you're tracking, you want to know when there's an update, you might want to turn on the sound checkbox for updating for example, and Turn on in page Web Slice discovery. So in this case when you're visiting the actual page you know as we saw the icon appear on the toolbar it was discovered.
This is automatically discovering your RSS feeds and your web slices and displaying the appropriate icon. I am going to leave that turned on as well and click OK to save those changes. I am going to click OK again. It's locked in, closes up the window, and I am back to Internet Explorer. So just remember if you need to keep an eye on constantly updating information on a website, you've got RSS feeds, but you have also web slices, and with a web slice you'll never need to load the entire page to stay informed.
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