Outlook 2007: Remove or Disable RSS Feed Support

The integration between Outlook 2007 and Internet Explorer’s RSS system will slow down Outlook 2007. If you do not want to use Outlook 2007 for your feed reader or aggregator, here is how to remove this feature from Outlook.

Sadly, there is no command, option, or registry hack to hide the RSS icon or section in Outlook. We can, however, pretty much disable it.

If you do not want to use Outlook 2007′s RSS Feed Reader feature, you should remove it. It slows down Outlook. This also shows you how to remove the RSS feeds from the Outlook sidebar.

The main reason Outlook is made slower by RSS feeds is that Outlook will need time to sync with IE7′s feeds. By disabling this sync, you will improve Outlook’s performance.

Disable Outlook’s RSS Sync:

    1. Open Outlook 2007
    2. Click the Tools menu
    3. Click Options
    4. Select the Other tab
    5. Click the Advanced Options button
    6. Uncheck Sync RSS feeds to the Common Feed List
    7. Click OK X 2

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Woo-hoo. That will speed up Outlook. If you want to remove the RSS subscriptions from Outlook, you may wish to do this following.

Mass Remove Feed Subscriptions from Outlook:

    1. Click Tools menu and then Options again.
    2. Select the poorly named Mail Setup tab
    3. Click the Data Files button
    4. Click the RSS Feeds tab
    5. Click the first feed and scroll down to the bottom of the feed list
    6. Hold the SHIFT key and click the last feed. All feeds should now be selected.
    7. Click the Remove button
    8. Confirm you want them all deleted.

Now we’ll need to delete the old feed content as well…

    9. Expand the RSS Feed folder under Personal Folders
    10. Select each feed and press Delete. You’ll have to confirm the delete.
    11. Repeat ad nauseum until all are gone.

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79 Responses to “Outlook 2007: Remove or Disable RSS Feed Support”

  1. November 06, 2008 at 7:29 am, Sercan said:

    How can we delete RSS Feeds and Sync Issues directories?

    Reply

  2. January 05, 2009 at 1:08 pm, Nilesh shukla said:

    Thanks …
    after doing this process ,, now i have now not received any rss feed but error msg still coming…
    “Task ‘RSS Feeds’ reported error (0x8004010F) : ‘The operation failed. An object cannot be found.’”

    can you pls help me for ..the same..

    Nilesh shukla

    Reply

  3. January 09, 2009 at 1:37 am, preston said:

    excellent……………………

    Reply

  4. February 10, 2009 at 10:52 am, Chris Johnson said:

    Great tips, thank you.
    If like me you have hundreds of feeds to remove, the one-by-one deletion of feed folders is an ugly prospect.

    Good news is Outlook Web Access allows you to delete the entire RSS Feeds folder!

    Reply

    • August 24, 2009 at 1:53 am, Anonymous said:

      What do you mean, “Outlook Web Access”? What is that? I want to delete the entire RSS Feeds Folder…

      Reply

  5. February 26, 2009 at 3:52 pm, JDog said:

    To get rid of the send/receive error caused by RSS Feeds.

    1. Click on tools
    2. Click on options
    3. Select “Mail Setup” Tab
    4. Click the “Send/Receive” Button
    5. Make sure that “All Acounts” is high lighted and then click the “Edit” button
    6. Under Accounts in the left hand column select select “RSS Feeds”
    7. Uncheck all boxes on this page.
    8. Click the “OK” button then you can close out the rest.

    This should take care of your send/receive issue. It’s worked for me so far, :-)

    Reply

    • July 09, 2010 at 7:34 pm, DrStrangepork said:

      This is the complete solution, thanks.

      Reply

    • August 11, 2012 at 4:52 am, john said:

      thank you sooooooooooooooooo much. it works…..

      Reply

    • February 21, 2013 at 8:58 pm, cuningayxua said:

      Ok! thanks and support>

      Reply

    • April 29, 2013 at 4:50 am, HARESH PATEL said:

      > Thanks, too use full

      Reply

  6. February 26, 2009 at 3:54 pm, JDog said:

    P.S. – Also make sure you do all of the above as well.

    Thanks

    Reply

  7. March 04, 2009 at 4:10 pm, Matt said:

    thank you sir. outlook is so bloated it is difficult to do anything with it.

    Reply

  8. July 02, 2009 at 1:12 pm, Dee said:

    Thank you thank you thank you! I couldn’t find that option for ages. Now all that cr*p has been removed

    Reply

  9. July 09, 2009 at 3:05 pm, Steveb said:

    GLORIOUS!!!

    Reply

  10. August 24, 2009 at 1:50 am, Anonymous said:

    I did all of the above…but it won’t allow me to do #’s 9-11. It says that the folder is full. Is there something wrong with Outlook that I need to fix?

    Reply

  11. August 24, 2009 at 2:38 pm, Anonymous said:

    Thanks! I was able to disable the rss feeds and get on with my work in no time.

    Instructions were precise and right to the point.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Reply

  12. September 17, 2009 at 5:14 pm, Brett Widmann said:

    Thanks for putting this together. Does this also resolve the program default for windows? Whenever I want to subscribe to a feed, Outlook always fires up. It’s a bit annoying. :P

    Reply

  13. October 02, 2009 at 10:16 pm, Anonymous said:

    thanks for this tip. you guys are great

    Reply

  14. October 10, 2009 at 2:55 am, Anonymous said:

    Thanx.. This was very helpful… Now I can get feeds to work….

    Reply

  15. October 14, 2009 at 5:17 am, jd said:

    thanks,

    Reply

  16. October 15, 2009 at 3:34 pm, Groves said:

    I have had Outlook for many years. All versions.
    I have not changed any of the account setting….I even removed RSS feeds..except for one.
    I sometimes have to open task manager…processes…and scroll down to
    outlook.exe*32,,,and click on end task.
    I can then restart Outlook and all of whaterver was freezing..after even 60 or more minutes….runs…as outlook ran years before. I may lose something…I do not think so. I can open Windows Mail….and it is very swift…and shows all the email that Outlook was not showing…
    I can open Windows Mail even when Outlook is running and W M is there in only seconds.
    I have outlook connector….I think that is a problem..
    My brain tells me….and of course I could be wrong. I think MS is ready to end Outlook…and cause users to either use Windows Mail…or Live Mail.

    I run diagnose…and there is no problem. No problem? Something is afoot.

    Reply

  17. October 19, 2009 at 9:25 am, Anonymous said:

    You do not need to delete each feed individually (point 10) – you can select all items in the folder (Ctrl+A) and delete. Don’t forget to remove them from deleted items as well (suggest sorting by type to select them all in one go if you don’t routinely clear your deleted items en masse) to acheive full email server un-clogging.

    Reply

  18. November 11, 2009 at 8:55 am, Anonymous said:

    Thanks a lot. Information is really helpful

    Reply

  19. November 30, 2009 at 5:41 pm, Anonymous said:

    Very helpful, thank you..

    @anitarundell OWA (Outlook Web Access) is a web version of Outlook that is often use in a corporate environment.

    Hamilton

    Reply

    • December 02, 2009 at 2:35 am, Anonymous said:

      Create a new Binary value and set it to 1 in the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice12.0OutlookOptionsRSS

      This will disable RSS completely.

      Reply

  20. December 08, 2009 at 2:12 pm, John said:

    Great! Thanks a lot…

    Reply

  21. December 14, 2009 at 4:52 pm, Adam said:

    On behalf of my mailbox and I, thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou….

    holy crap those $^&*ing rss feeds were driving me insane. They just wouldn’t stay gone and I couldn’t remember where that common feed option was. lol.

    Reply

  22. December 21, 2009 at 7:29 am, rahul said:

    Thanks a lot

    Reply

    • December 28, 2009 at 11:25 am, Anonymous said:

      Hi
      My problem is, that I cannot get rid of this RSS Feeds. I can delete the RSS Accpunts in >Tools > Accounts > tab RSS, but after a restart of Outlook (2007), they are there again.
      In the Tools menu
      > Options
      > Other tab
      > Advanced Options button
      the option “Sync RSS feeds to the Common Feed List” is greyed out ….

      how can I remove the RSS accounts permanently?

      I have this problem on my private PC since I upgraded from Vista to Windows 7

      Thanks for any hint!

      Chris

      Reply

  23. December 28, 2009 at 2:20 pm, Hassan Fathi said:

    It was helpful. Thans a lot

    Reply

  24. January 11, 2010 at 9:05 am, Carolina Liguori said:

    Thank you!!! this was very helpfull.

    Reply

  25. January 13, 2010 at 5:52 am, Name said:

    I disabled it in my out look . thanks for the info

    Reply

  26. January 13, 2010 at 4:10 pm, Anonymous said:

    Thank you.

    Been bugging me for 6 months and finally had to take action.

    Worked perfectly.
    jd

    Reply

  27. February 05, 2010 at 8:14 pm, Travis Lambert said:

    I followed all these steps several times. But after fifteen minutes or so I get more RSS feed items in my inbox. I go back to “RSS Feeds” and find that the feeds have reappeared!

    Reply

  28. March 02, 2010 at 3:39 pm, Anonymous said:

    What happens if the box was already unchecked? and the feeds keep coming

    Reply

  29. March 18, 2010 at 10:59 pm, Penny said:

    This does not work for me. I’ve removed all RSS feed from Outlook probably 50 times now, hoping upon hope that by some miracle they will stop.
    In Internet Explorer I go to tools, internet options, content, feeds settings and it clearly states that “This setting is ignored for feeds that have a publisher’s recommendation greater than the specified value.” What the heck does that mean? In other words, MicroSoft is the Almighty and I cannot state was has value on my computer?
    Does anyone have a fix for this? I’m The IT support person for almost 400 people who would really like an answer. Help??

    Reply

  30. March 30, 2010 at 1:33 pm, Mom of 3 said:

    What if “Sync RSS feeds to the Common Feed List” is greyed out? How do I change this?

    Reply

  31. June 21, 2010 at 10:17 am, patil said:

    Thanks

    Reply

  32. June 25, 2010 at 4:36 am, Donmilmine said:

    So far so good at removing unwanted RSS Feed emails. Thanks for your help.

    Reply

  33. July 08, 2010 at 12:11 pm, Steve said:

    Great stuff guys, thanks

    Reply

  34. July 22, 2010 at 10:54 am, Ganesh Subbaiyann said:

    i have do the above steps, my issue was solved…

    Reply

  35. August 05, 2010 at 2:35 am, Dineshrohilla10 said:

    Above Mention gudance really works.

    Thanks.

    Reply

  36. August 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm, Ariel said:

    Great it really helpped! Thanks alot!

    Reply

  37. August 17, 2010 at 2:48 pm, Info said:

    thanks but when attempting to delete RSS feed folders in outlook, get error message that folder is full, effectively preventing me from deleting them. I double-clicked the folders but they do not open or show anything inside????

    Reply

  38. August 17, 2010 at 3:00 pm, Info said:

    followed your instructions word for wrod on removing the RSS Feeds from Mail Setup….only to find them all right back in place when I restart Outlook again??? any ideas?

    Reply

  39. September 09, 2010 at 4:25 pm, Ashutosh said:

    thank you man…!!!

    Reply

  40. September 09, 2010 at 7:15 pm, B1165165 said:

    Thx that worked nicely

    Reply

  41. September 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm, Hanson said:

    great! much quicker thanks very much!

    Reply

  42. October 09, 2010 at 2:00 pm, Jeeva Rathinam said:

    thanks its is great

    Reply

  43. November 02, 2010 at 6:06 am, durbslaw said:

    Pretty useless information as the feed is not disabled just the outlook interface of the feed, use the group policy to disable RSS completely

    Reply

  44. November 30, 2010 at 4:59 pm, Mullapudionly said:

    thanks..for the info

    Reply

  45. December 08, 2010 at 8:55 am, Adak said:

    so great, Thank you

    Reply

  46. December 21, 2010 at 6:09 am, Atif ahmed said:

    Thanx dear this solved my problem

    Reply

  47. January 13, 2011 at 10:55 am, Vakneen said:

    actually you can the RSS feed form outlook.I did the following
    1.dragged the Icon to my deleted items
    2.now you will see +RSS icon folder under deleted items.
    3.right click while standing on deleted folder and select empty “delted items”.

    Reply

    • January 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm, Jamsswingin777 said:

      vakneen- that doesn’t work and i think if it did, the whole program wouldn’t be removed from outlook

      Reply

  48. February 15, 2011 at 12:20 pm, Rahul said:

    Excellent …

    Reply

  49. March 14, 2011 at 4:19 am, Sarathi Reddy said:

    I did wht u said but again mails are coming to my outlook

    Reply

  50. March 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm, Ravia said:

    good.

    thankyou.
    R6

    Reply

    • March 30, 2011 at 9:43 pm, Macleaysheetmetal said:

      Thank You

      Reply

  51. May 31, 2011 at 3:27 pm, Anonymous said:

    the screenshot is NOT representative of the info in the article. the screenshot shown is under Tools->”Account Settings…”

    Reply

  52. July 06, 2011 at 9:36 am, shaun vt said:

    J Dog…

    You SIr are a Legend

    Reply

  53. July 06, 2011 at 9:36 am, shaun vt said:

    J Dog…

    You SIr are a Legend

    Reply

  54. July 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm, Anonymous said:

    Fantastic post! Thanks for this. 

    Reply

  55. August 01, 2011 at 2:04 am, Vimal Parmar said:

    thanks team its¬†great… :-)

    Reply

  56. September 01, 2011 at 1:24 am, Thor said:

    Thank you. This saved me a lot of trouble trying to figure out how to disable the rss feed. +1 10/10

    Reply

  57. October 07, 2011 at 1:21 am, Manoj said:

    Excellet work, Thanks dude, its working and let me see for the repsonse in the future

    Reply

  58. January 24, 2012 at 10:39 am, Jeff said:

    Disable RSS via policy:

    HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\12.0*\Outlook\Options\RSS

    Disable
    DWORD
    1 = Disabled

    Easy as 3.14159

    Reply

  59. June 19, 2012 at 7:30 am, My Name said:

    Awesome.. this helped me to solve the issue.. Thank you

    Reply

  60. September 10, 2012 at 3:37 am, NTDzung said:

    Thanks for support, i have complete this is cace.

    Reply

  61. September 28, 2012 at 7:22 pm, g0r0 said:

    It didn’t work for me… I don’t have any option to delete tha folder…

    Reply

  62. January 24, 2013 at 8:42 am, Sohan Sarkar said:

    Thanks a lot for the help

    Reply

  63. March 04, 2013 at 8:17 am, Bhaskar said:

    Excellent…

    Reply

  64. March 04, 2013 at 8:18 am, Bhaskar said:

    It works for me…thanks

    Reply

  65. April 07, 2013 at 12:33 pm, ab said:

    it works
    thx

    Reply

  66. April 16, 2013 at 7:46 pm, pan said:

    thank you
    it worked!
    cheers!

    Reply

  67. May 13, 2013 at 11:58 pm, avi said:

    thnx

    Reply

  68. August 06, 2013 at 6:55 am, nsp said:

    WONDERFUL! Thank you SO much!

    Reply

  69. March 11, 2014 at 5:10 am, sigrana said:

    AD NAUSEAM, not nauseum

    Reply

  70. March 25, 2014 at 7:37 am, Shiv said:

    thank You

    Reply

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