Discover a feed

This information applies to Windows Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 8.

Internet Explorer looks for feeds (also known as RSS feeds) on every webpage you visit. Internet Explorer 8 also looks for Web Slices on each webpage. When Internet Explorer finds available feeds, the Feeds button Picture of the Feeds button, located on the Internet Explorer toolbar, will change from gray to orange and play a sound. If Internet Explorer also finds Web Slices, the button will change to display the Web Slice button Picture of the Web Slice button. Since Web Slices are based on feeds, you will usually see both Web Slices and feeds when you view available feeds.

For more information on feeds, see Using feeds (RSS).

For more information on Web Slices, see Web Slices: frequently asked questions.

To view available feeds or Web Slices

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Internet Explorer.

  2. Browse to a webpage that has feeds or Web Slices.

  3. Click the Feeds button Picture of the Feeds button or the Web Slice button Picture of the Web Slice button, and then click the feed or Web Slice you want to view. (If multiple feeds or Web Slices are available, you'll see a list of available feeds and Web Slices to choose from.)


    • If you click a feed, you'll see a page displaying a list of topics and articles you can read and subscribe to.

    • If you click a Web Slice, you will be asked if you want to subscribe to it. Once you subscribe to the Web Slice, it will be added to your Favorites bar.