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Lately, I have started using Google Reader for my feeds when Outlook 2007 decided it didn't want to read my feeds anymore and I started missing valuable content.  I absolutely love the interface of Google Reader, it is very fast a with the HotKeys, it feels like a desktop application.  However, the add subscriptions functionality is less than desirable.  Inside IE it will freeze up quite often and just sit there bubbling green goo out of the beaker.

To get around this issue, I created a IE Search Provider to submit a feed through the IE search box and preview the feed in Google Reader, where I get a subscribe button that works much better.  To do this, follow the steps below and let me know what you think:

  1. From IE, drop down the magnifying glass and select "Find More Providers".
  2. On the right side where it says Create Your Own, paste the URL as "http://www.google.com/reader/preview/*/feed/TEST" and name it Google Reader.
  3. For Security Reasons (hehe) make sure you click the Install button.

Now you are done.  When you find a feed you want to subscribe to, paste it in the IE Search box and select the provider as Google Reader.  Once Google Reader loads, click the Subscribe button in the upper right-hand corner and you are done. 

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 9:41 AM | Back to top


Comments on this post: Google Reader | Using IE Search Providers to Subscribe to Feed

# re: Google Reader | Using IE Search Providers to Subscribe to Feed
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I tried your way but found that there were still to many steps. I was inspired, though and found another way. Here's how I did it.

1. Create a blank htm file on your hard drive using Notepad.
2. Add the htm file as a book mark in IE7
3. Copy and Paste the below script as the URL of the bookmark.

You can even set a shortcut key to fire it off if you want.

Here's the script that should be the URL of the bookmark.

javascript:var%20b=document.body;if(b){void(z=document.createElement('script'));void(z.src='http://www.google.com/reader/ui/subscribe-bookmarklet.js');void(b.appendChild(z));}else{location='http://www.google.com/reader/view/feed/'+encodeURIComponent(location.href)}

The script is from a Google Reader tip that only works in Firefox. They provide a shortcut to drag to the bookmark bar which won't work in IE7 so I did it in FF and then copied the script from there.
Left by James on Jun 29, 2007 2:14 PM

# re: Google Reader | Using IE Search Providers to Subscribe to Feed
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I tried Jame's method, but the javascript wouldn't run. Jeff, your method isn't as easy as I would like, but it's the best I've seen so far. Thanks!
Left by Nate on Aug 26, 2007 12:46 AM

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