I need to add a RSS feed manually to IE8 (i.e. not using the orange button). I just want to be able to input the URL.

Edit: While my specific problem has gone away, this question still needs an answer (though I suspect it isn't possible).

  • wow crazy... I've looked around, but I don't think that's possible. I don't use IE, so I didn't know this, but now I know again why I don't use it ;-)
    – fretje
    Sep 23 '09 at 15:44

I would be interested in why you want to do this -

That being said, if you are talking about from a developer point of view, you may be better off asking on StackOverflow, however if you are just talking about one offs, then simply type the full XML/RSS feed address into the address bar - such as - "https://superuser.com/feeds"

You should then have the subscribe buttons.

The actual location is


However, I am not sure how it is encoded or how you can manually add to them.

  • I want to do it because IE8 won't recognize the StackOverflow Blog RSS feed, so it doesn't give me a subscribe button. I want to manually enter the URL to see if that works. Sep 23 '09 at 15:56
  • I took a look at the Feeds directory, but it's all encoded stuff. I could use a hex editor and figure it all out, but it's probably not worth that much time. Sep 23 '09 at 16:02
  • stackoverflow.com/feeds Seems to work fine for me - Try clearing your cache and the usual stuff. IF this is a specific bug, maybe post on meta.stackoverflow.com Sep 23 '09 at 16:12
  • I see the IE8 feed button at blog.stackoverflow.com and pasting blog.stackoverflow.com/feed into the address bar works too (IE8 on XP)
    – pelms
    Sep 23 '09 at 16:31
  • @Wil, I don't have a problem with other sites (including Coding Horror), just the SO blog site. @pelms, Yes, I misspoke in the first comment. I get the orange button, but when I press it I get the following error page, 'Internet Explorer cannot display this feed'. Sep 23 '09 at 16:42

I currently have this problem myself (I'm using IE 11 Consumer Preview on Windows 7 Pro). The only solution that I know of is to export the Feeds (File --> Import and Export) to an OPML file, manually edit that to include the feed you desire since it is human-readable, and import it back in. That's what I'm going to try.

By the way, on Windows 7 you can use %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Feeds to see the raw feed files.

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