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Feedly Is A Revelation! – Feedly in 5 minutes – A Quick Intro And How To

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Google actually did me a favour with the brouhaha over its closure of Google Reader…it introduced me to Feedly.

Feedly is a revelation, somewhat like the first time you use Gmail, this is a fantastic RSS reader, really fantastic.

It is a big change to the way I normally consume RSS content, something more like a constantly updating newspaper… but not really, because it is its own thing.

And you have fantastic opportunities for customisation, and you can use it in various different ways depending on how much time you have.

How have I missed this for so long?!?

Quick Instructions on the use and set-up of Feedly.

Diving straight in, this is what Feedly looks like once I was finished messing about learning how things worked.

Today: Magazine View

f | Today - Google Chrome_001

Main: Magazine View

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Feed (Softpedia): Titles View

Below is a Titles View zoomed in – Use the n (next) and p (previous) keys to read each atticle and r to refresh.

Keyboard Shortcuts Help is Shift+?.  A hidden shortcut that works is Shift+s for sharing/liking.

f | Softpedia - Google Chrome_025

Use the keyboard shortcut gg:

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Now start typing for where you want to go.

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Below is the view you see if you have zoomed in, the controls are hidden on the left.

On my smaller work screens this is a good view…

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The next view shows the Organise popup.

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Feed Set-up – Open Directly

Here is a feed (BBC News) which is part of the group called “Main”, clicking the cog icon allows you to set “Open Directly”

f | BBC News - World - Google Chrome_023

Feed Set-up – Edit

Clicking the “edit” button to the right of the title, allows you to set “Must Read”.

f | BBC News - World - Google Chrome_024

Feed Set-up – Add/Search

Search icon  on the right

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You can search or copy and paste RSS feeds or url’s in here…

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Scroll down for a lot more. Here I could ‘add all’ to the Photograph stuff… or keep on searching.

f | Explore photography - Google Chrome_007

Once you have a few feeds you can now organise them into groups…

Note that you can move items between groups (by drag and drop ), but you cannot order items in the group, this took me some getting used to, but it makes sense when you see how Feedly works.

You can order the way groups are shown, just move them around until you are happy.

f | Organize - Google Chrome_008

Before: Main, Tech, Linux, Bored.

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Moving Tech.

f | Organize - Google Chrome_010

Now: Main, Linux, Tech,  Bored.


f | Preferences - Google Chrome_016

Views: Magazine

f | Main - Google Chrome_011

Views: Titles

f | Main - Google Chrome_012

Views: Mosaic

f | Main - Google Chrome_013

Views: Cards

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Views: Full Article

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When I have a lot of articles to read I kick the zoom up and just remove all the controls from my view.

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I set-up a dedicated Google Account just for Feedly, this is to be used at home (Linux), at work (Windows) and on my phone (Android).

The thinking here was that I don’t want to compromise the security of my main account by using it to sign in at a work machine just to use Feedly.

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I was previously using “RSS Live Links” as my RSS reader, so I first exported to an OPML file.

Next I imported to Google Reader.

Finally Feedly synch’s with Google Reader.

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Feedly Chrome Log in:

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Feedly Chrome, (There is a Feedly Plus but I don’t need the Icon in the tool-bar).

You will need to have a Google Account to install Feedly.

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Connecting Feedly to Google Reader.

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Lifehacker poll: Five Best Google Reader Alternatives

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March 15, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Note: Tooltip Font Size How To

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Windows XP
Right click on the Desktop.
Properties > Appearances tab > Advanced button.
In the Advanced Appearance window, click on the down arrow.
Select Tooltip > Select Font Size > Apply.

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December 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm

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Notes: The Best Chrome Extensions For An Ex Firefox User.

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Note that this post has been updated here.


Adblock Plus 1.3.1

Blocks all annoying ads on the web: video ads on YouTube, Facebook ads, banners and much more. Visit website

Chrome Downloads Button 0.0.1

Provides quick icon access to your Chrome downloads. Visit website

Chrome History Button 0.0.1

Provides quick icon access to your Chrome history. Visit website

Chrome Options Button 0.0.1

Provides quick icon access to your Chrome options or settings. Visit website

Close tab on context menu 0.2

A simple extension that add a ‘close tab’ context menu entry. Visit website

Create Link 0.1.1

Copy current page URL to clipboard in various formats. Visit website

Double Click Closes Tab 1.0.6

Close tab by double. Optional: an icon to either duplicate or close current tab; disable closing the last tab of the last window. Visit website

Evernote Web Clipper 5.9.1

Use the Evernote extension to save things you see on the web into your Evernote account. It even lets you search through your notes. Visit website

Font Size Decrease

With one click on the button the font size on the current page will decrease. Visit website

Font Size Increase

With one click on the button the font size on the current page will increase. Visit website

Forecastfox 2.0.10

Get international weather forecasts with this highly customizable extension Visit website

Go Extensions 0.1

Quick access to the Extensions Control Panel directly from the toolbar Visit website

Pocket (formerly Read It Later) 1.1.3

Pocket Extension for Google Chrome – The best way to save articles, videos and more Visit website

Readability Redux 1.3.4

Readability for Chrome. Now fully customizable! Visit website

RSS Live Links

Your RSS/Atom feeds as bookmarks and a whole lot more Visit website

This is fantastic as it lets you:

  • Adds different RSS feeds in a drop-down list and click to see the RSS Articles.
  • Checks the articles every x mins (I have mine set to 10 mins).
  • Killer feature: Hover over an item for a Tool-tip showing the first few lines of the article.

RSS Subscription Extension (by Google) 2.2.0
Adds one-click subscription to your toolbar. Visit website

Scroll To Top Button 6.1.9

Adds a scroll to top or bottom button. Visit website

Sidewise Tree Style Tabs 2012.11.23.0

A dockable sidebar for Chrome featuring vertical Tree Style Tabs, Tab Hibernation, and much more. Visit website


Adapt the web’s appearance Visit website

Stylish 1.0

Restyle the web with Stylish, a user styles manager. Stylish lets you easily install themes and skins for Google, Facebook, YouTube, Orkut, and many, many other sites. Visit website


Updated 24.8.2013: Simplified things and just go to the built in settings page instead of using extensions.

Notes: Chrome’s Built In Page Zoom and Minimum Font Size – No Need For An Extension? Probably.

Goodbye Firefox Its Been Fun, Hello Chrome My Cool New Friend.

Time to move on: Moving from mainly using Firefox to mainly using Chrome.

Reasons and Rationalisations:


I use a lot of Google services and I own a lot of Google devices.

Security is top notch and updates are pushed out fast, but in a way that does not bug users.

Chrome is now mature enough that I can find equivalent extensions to those in Firefox.

e.g. I have found an extension “Sidewise Tree Style Tab” that allows me to have usable vertical tab stacking.

Chrome is developing a technical lead and will be developed at quite a fast pace for the foreseeable future.

Chrome updating does not break extensions.

Although I don’t trust Google as much as I do Mozilla (banking will still be a Firefox activity), I still trust them a lot.


Mozilla’s treatment of the RSS LiveBookMarks feature was for me a turning point, instead of updating the feature, it was largely emasculated.

And in point of fact the Chrome extension, RSS Live Links, looks to be a better long term proposition than my favourite Firefox extension Boox, :-( go figure.

A New World:

So here we go a whole new world to get used to :-o

This should be fun :-)


The next few articles will note any useful tips on using and configuring Chrome.

I will back link them all here to make it easer for anyone making the same journey.

Notes: The Best Chrome Extensions For An Ex Firefox User.

Notes: Chrome’s Built In Page Zoom and Minimum Font Size – No Need For An Extension? Probably.

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November 30, 2012 at 8:44 pm