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Windows Vista hints and tips 2

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Set the RSS feed update schedule

If you use internet Explorer to view RSS feeds, you can set the update interval, which is how often it checks for updates. Select Tools, Internet Options and go to the Content tab. Click the Settings button in the Feeds section and select the update frequency from the drop-down list.

Set a custom RSS feed schedule

vista IE RSS feedOne RSS feed update setting might not be suitable for everything and some feeds are updated more often than others. For this reason you can create custom update schedules.

Click an RSS feed link on a web page to display it in Internet Explorer and then click the link on the right labelled View feed properties. A dialog is displayed that enables you to choose a custom update schedule.

Select Use custom schedule and select the frequency from the drop-down list. You can also select the number of news items to keep in this dialog too.

Manually update RSS feeds

Some RSS feeds are quite large and when you start Internet Explorer much time and bandwidth is wasted downloading the latest content. It can be irritating for the first minute or two when the web browser is started. You might want to set the update frequency to Never (see the last tip).

What's the point of that? Well, if you click the Favorites star in the toolbar to display your RSS feeds, you can right click a feed and select Refresh. This means that only the feed you actually want to view is updated and only when you want to view it.

Network information display

Vista's networking facilities are much more user friendly than XP's and there's a useful Network and Sharing Center in the Control Panel. Open it and at the top is a simple diagram showing your computer, the network and the internet. Below is some useful information about your network - assuming you are connected to one, which is quite likely if you have internet access. You can see the type of network you are connected to, such as private or public (this determines how much security Vista uses).

Click the View status link on the right in the Network section and a Local Area Connection Status dialog is displayed. Click the Details button and more information than you probably ever want to know is shown. You can easily see if the network connection is OK and there's useful information like your IP address and the gateway (router) IP address.

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