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Feeds

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Learn how to use Opera for feed subscriptions.

Introduction

Feeds let you receive messages from newspapers and other information sources on the Web. Rather than visiting a newspaper Web site checking for updates all the time, you can subscribe to the site's feed, and receive news summaries like you receive e-mail messages.

Subscribing to feeds

Opera automatically recognizes correctly-coded RSS and Atom feeds. A link to a feed may be found on the page you are visiting, or it may appear as a small RSS icon in the address field. When you click the link or RSS icon, a preview to the feed displays. If you decide to subscribe, simply click "Subscribe" and the feed is automatically recognized and added to your feed list.

The first time you subscribe to a feed, the Feeds item is added to Opera's menu bar, and a "Feeds" heading appears in your Mail panel if you have set up one or more e-mail or news accounts.

You can also right-click the Mail panel and select "Feeds" to access a subscription dialog.

All feeds that you subscribe to will be available in the Feeds menu.

Note that it may take a while for the server to send you the first feed items after you subscribe.

Managing feeds

Feed items are managed in the same way as e-mail messages and can be searched, forwarded by e-mail, and so on.

By default, Opera requests feed updates every three hours while the browser is running. You can change this setting individually for each subscription. Please note that very frequent requests are likely to generate too much traffic for some servers.

For more information, see "Using newsfeeds and newsgroups" in the Opera Mail tutorial.