Subscribing to an RSS feed in Internet Explorer 9

With Microsoft about to unveil the release candidate of Internet Explorer 9, I thought I should take some time to cover probably the only regression that will impact a lot of people. Before I start, I'd like to make myself clear that this regression is worth the massive improvements that Internet Explorer 9 brings across the board.

As you may have guessed from the title, it surrounds subscribing to RSS feeds. With the new slimmed down, and to the point IE, the RSS subscription button is no longer displayed by default. It's hidden in the optional command bar.

In many cases this isn't a problem, click on a link to the RSS feed on a webpage and Internet Explorer will open it in feed view, where you can easily subscribe to it anyway.

The problem comes from websites that don't actually give you a link to their RSS feeds on the page. Typically they would expect you to click on a web browsers feed button to view it, with it no longer displayed in IE9, that may be a tad annoying.

The other problem comes from websites that use services like Feedburner, when they detect a web browser, rather than a feed client display it in a "friendly" view, which makes IE9, and other browsers think it is actually a website, and hence does not enable feed view mode.

There are two quick and simple workarounds for this.

The fastest in my opinion is to hit ALT to open the traditional style menu, click Tools and make your way down to Feed discovery, accessing any feed listed there will display it in feed mode.

Subscribing to an RSS feed in Internet Explorer 9

Alternatively you can turn on the command bar, which can be done by right-clicking on an empty area of IE9's user interface, an empty area next to a tab for example, and choosing Command bar from the menu. That'll turn the command bar, with the Home, Feed, Print, Page, Tools options that IE has had for the last two versions.

Subscribing to an RSS feed in Internet Explorer 9


Comment from: christy [Visitor]

so does that mean that i lost the feeds that were in the previous ie browser?

15th March 2011 @ 15:30
Comment from: christy [Visitor]

nevermind, i found it. top right a tiny little star.

15th March 2011 @ 15:32
Comment from: John Donnelly [Visitor]
John Donnelly
5 stars

Great post!

Feed Discovery is grayed out on the tools menu for me. Any ideas why?

31st March 2011 @ 17:16
Comment from: John Donnelly [Visitor]
John Donnelly

Ok on your blog site Feed Discovery is active however no matter where I go the "Subscribe to this feed" is grayed out. Any ideas?


31st March 2011 @ 17:21
Comment from: [Member]

Not sure, seems to work here alright.

1st April 2011 @ 10:31
Comment from: Suja [Visitor]
5 stars

Thank you! I was puzzled by the lack of the feed button, thanks for helping me find it!

30th April 2011 @ 06:58
Comment from: Corinna Mazzotta [Visitor]
Corinna Mazzotta
5 stars

Thanks for a great post - the new layout of IE9 has been driving me mad!

26th May 2011 @ 11:00
Comment from: jazmin [Visitor]
5 stars

Thank You!!!

8th June 2011 @ 03:27
Comment from: asg [Visitor]
5 stars

thanks.. microsoft help sites is sucks.

26th August 2012 @ 06:23
Comment from: Keith Hill [Visitor]
Keith Hill
5 stars

Thanks! That was just the hint I needed to be able subscribe to feedburner based RSS feeds from IE10.

16th January 2013 @ 23:41

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