Feedly Tutorial – v4.1

A few users have asked us about “how to best use feedly”. Here are a set of steps/concepts which will help you optimize your feedly experience.

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If you are looking for a more textual version of this tutorial, here is a link to the previous iteration.

We are looking for ways to make this tutorial clearer and more valuable so if you have suggestions or questions, please send us an email to hello@devhd.com. We will be rewarding the best comments with a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate.

174 thoughts on “Feedly Tutorial – v4.1”

  1. Great tutorial. Should help those new to feedly get started quickly.
    And, thanks for all the new settings in the Preferences section. Good stuff.

    Question: It may not be a new section cut can you explain:
    Sources Module
    Should feedly include in the feed index all the sources or the updated ones only?
    – list all sources
    – list updated sources only

    I’m not sure what this means. When I go to the Organize Sources section they all seem to be listed even though I have “list updated sources only” checked.


    1. Hi Jeremy. On each category page, there is on the right a list of must read sources and other sources. The knobs you are referring to control the behavior of that module.

      The goal of the organize sources page is to allow you to perform spring cleaning so it lists all the sources.

      If you want to see an overview of the recently updated sources, you can try the contents page:

  2. Hi Feedly. I just discovered, thanks to this tutorial, the preview original shortcut (shift+v). It’s pretty useful, but I mostly use my mouse to navigate, so it would be great if you guys could juste add a clickable link to the preview, near keep as unread • preview • visit site for example.

    By the way, as it’s the first time I post here, I’d like to thank you for your excellent job! And present my apologies for my approximate english…

  3. Question – recently I have noticed that in Magazine view, the articles that Feedly chooses to display are not the most recent articles in the feed nor are they prioritized by recommendations. Is there a setting for Feedly to display the most recent 4 or 5 articles per feed instead of “intelligently” selecting the articles to display?

      1. Well i Second that. Its a mess when all u want to see is recent updates but the featured module sticks right upthere with “intelligently” chosen articles. I want to remove this module please!

  4. How about a reader (online & off) for the unread or unfiltered blog items of your chosen sources. And a way to click a specific delete button for articles that are chosen (from a blog) from feedly, and then a new item from that same blog come up on feedly (a blog item that may be more interesting). The ability to do this unlimited times until an article of interest comes up. The ability to do this if the item chosen by feedly has already been read by you and you want an article from the same bolg (or other blog if you don’t want to refresh everything)..

    Thank you.

  5. Great tutorial! Will feedly ever have an iPhone app? I’m using a different reader on my iPhone and my one frustration is that I have mark items as “read” twice – once on my phone and once on my desktop.

  6. I love the look of Feedly and the intent of this tutorial, but in Chrome, I can’t seem to mark feeds as favorites or change the layout by clicking on the pencil icon. Nothing happens when I click the star. And although I get the menu with different views and filters, I can’t make any changes in the window. I’m using Chrome 9.0.587.0 dev.

    1. Whatever was happening yesterday appears to have resolved itself. Is there a way to bulk edit Feedly so it by default shows both read and unread items in all the feeds in a given category? I use Google Reader to listen to podcasts. I might look at the description of a podcast but not listen right away. I don’t want it to disappear from the list altogether, though.

      I’m liking Feedly way better now that I can customize it.

  7. Long time feedly user and had some quick feedback for the current release.

    How can I make sure my Twitter id and bio show for articles I publish? I keep getting other peoples bios to show when seeing articles from my own feeds (same common name however so it searched somewhere).

    Also, I get numerous duplicates that pop up . Some might be from recommendations, but shouldn’t it see that I am already subscribed?

    I would like to get the total unread count to show again in the “Latest” view. it shows each subscription unread down the sides, as noral, but I lost the total count in the last update.

  8. Hi, how do I disable the Feedly mini toolbar please? I have gone into preferences and set it on disable but the icon is still there. Thanks.

  9. hi, have just downloaded feedly & am liking it thus far, however is there a way to have ALL entries (i.e. both unread AND read) show up on my feedly page? i like to be able to reread things i’ve already read! thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Amy,
      Welcome onboard. Yes. there is a way to be able to see both read and unread articles in feed and category pages:
      1) go to a feed or category page.
      2) click on the pen icon on the top right of the page.
      3) uncheck the unread only check mark
      Hope this helps.

  10. My feedly is officially up and running.

    Suggestion — For massive websites like nytimes or slate, I only read certain sections, but the RSS is for the entire site. What about a way to filter it, so I only have to see Arts and Life updates from slate, instead of being bombarded by the 50 news items that also show up in my News content feeds?

  11. Hey feedly, prince here, a long time feedly user. I really appreciate your efforts to make our lives easier, and just require a quick clarification regarding the ‘bio’ module. I am one of multiple publishers on the pixldinc blogs (pixldinc.com/blog) but no bio info is displayed for any of the publishers except for one, that’s after placing the the ‘bio’ directive’ as instructed. Any chance of getting help? much appreciated.

        1. I am having the same problem. I clicked “Hide” on a feed on the Home page, which made it disappear. There was no way to get the feed to show back up on the Home page.

  12. I did not find this tutorial at all helpful. It tells you what it does but not how to do it. It says import bookmarks and sources but does not say how to do it. It says it can share and find sources but not how to do this. You are assuming a level of knowledge that not everyone has. It is more a sales or advertising pitch than a tutorial because it teaches nothing. You have pitched this at those who already know what it is, what about those who do not know, you are missing a whole range of potential users who just scratch their heads shrug and move on because all they have is a blank page and no knowledge of what to do with it.

  13. Hi Feedly Team!!!
    Awesome job you have done … loving it!!! Will promote it to all my friends!!
    Two quick observations/questions.
    * When I change subscriptions in google reader (Add/change name, etc) the changes are not reflected in feedly. Why? (Do I need to wait sometime?)
    * It would be nice if I could order my subscriptions on the left hand side alphabetical!
    Thanks for an awesome way to read my news/blogs …etc


  14. Edwin, I asked this back on Nov 25th, but I know it got missed in the traffic here. A different author/bio (same common name as me) is being assigned to articles I am publishing. I push many people to use Feedly but realized they are not seeing me as the correct author. Any ideas on how to control or fix this?

    1. Hi Chris,
      Sorry about that. The twitter bio feature is still in an experimental stage and does not deal with homonyms correctly. We are working on two fronts to address this:
      for feedly v5 (January 12th), we are putting a lot more constraints around how the match is performed (which will results in fewer matches but also in fewer negative matches).
      for feedly v6 (March), we are going to allow authors to add some metadata in their RSS feeds to help influence the matching if they want their bio to be displayed in feedly.
      Sorry for the temporary inconvenience the mismatch might have caused.
      Happy holidays,

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  16. seems to be a really great tool but i have a question…..how can i make it so that my feedly page opens every time i open a new tab in chrome? instead of my most frequently visited sites?

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  18. I don’t see information about the Feedly iPhone App. Where can I find get some more info? Also, is it possible to save feeds for offline use eg. on an aeroplane?

  19. Great looking app on Android 3 I have to say!

    One question, when I search for a feed, I see ALL items, but when I add that same feed I only see the latest 10 items. Is there a possibility to show ALL items??? Would be soooo nice.

    Now I can press “Mark feed as read”, then I see all items in the feed, but with the status “read”…

  20. I want to to thank you for this good read!! I definitely enjoyed every bit of
    it. I have you bookmarked to check out new things you post…

    1. You guys rock!! Well some suggestions/improvements.When I cfgnioure in Chrome the cover view as my Start Page, Feedly always start with que digest view. By the way, I have Chrome cfgnioured to start with Feedly and Gmail when I open it the first time. Now 1.- The icon! If the icon don’t show the number of unread feeds, I’ll like to hide it. Just that =)2.- Feedly mini on Chrome!3.- Better integration with Facebook and Digg, this could be awesome if you guys do it.

  21. How can i Change the Default white Background where the text is being displayed to a different color? I am dyslexic and I doint know if you know but black text on a white background can be very hard to read and very painful for a dyslexic person as it gives me a headache,

  22. I would like to be able to change all feeds to display oldest entries first. Is there a way to do this en mass instead of individually?

  23. Seconding having feeds sorted alphabetically. I follow a LOT of things and I need it sorted to find specific ones.

  24. How can I change the color of the linked information in an article? It currently shows as an orange/yellow and I am unable to read it. Thanks, in advance, for any and all assistance!

    1. I should be a bit more specific. I know how to change the read/unread links colors. What I am speaking of needing to change are links within an article which show as orange/yellow which I am unable to read.

  25. I don’t see how to add the feedly toolbar so I can add sites as I’m on them. How do I get the toolbar on Firefox? I have the add on for the button that takes me to the feedly site but I’d like to add a site without leaving it.

  26. in my feed i have hundreds of articles, out of them read few. the read articles are not appearing in the list. i dont want to mark all of them as read to see the the one i have read (not necessarily recently). can feedly show both read and un-read articles?

    1. Quite insightful subimt. Never believed that it was this simple after all. I had spent a very good deal of my time looking for someone to explain this subject clearly and you’re the only one that ever did that. Kudos to you! Keep it up

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  29. I noticed in my feedly that some blogs have bios at the end of the post that include a pic, social media links, etc — but these bios don’t exist on their actual website. How do I get my blog setup to have this?

  30. Loving Feedly more and more by the day here. Old habits (Google Reader) die hard, but that death may not be as painful as I previously thought.

    As for an addition, I would love to see a quick integration with a “Send to Kindle” type of app. I promise I would still use Feedly to choose articles that I want to read for sure!

  31. hi feedly team, I have been checking and un-checking the unread only option and it still didnt show any article on the site I am importing from google reader. Could you please help me?

  32. Hi everyone

    I was just wondering whether you can use Feedly with out a Gmail account? I don’t have one and I don’t really want to make one.


  33. Hi–My Google Reader was tied to one email address but I would like the feedly subscription tied to another. When I imported GR into Feedly–it took the old email address.

    How do I change the feedly subscription to a current email address? Is it possible to duplicate and then delete the old account?

  34. I subscribed a blog that contains articles that older than 5 years (the first article was posted in 2007) and is there any way i can read those old articles ?

  35. Is there any way to display “read” articles that are hidden? I see no check box anywhere to hide read articles that I can uncheck. I want to be able to mark articles as read without them being hidden (as with Google Reader, which gave you the option to show them or not). I do not want to go to “history” to read hidden articles as I prefer to see them in their own categories, and the history category is an extremely inefficient way to review these articles. I often re-view “read” articles for the comments that come up on them and also for future research, so having them disappear is a horrible feature for me.

    Thank you

    1. Update: I have found a partial answer to this problem. In the upper right hand corner of your feed page there is a sunburst icon to change “Categories and filtering” and you can uncheck the “unread articles only” box to see unread articles. Unfortunately I don’t see any way to do this globally and it may have to be done manually for each of your feeds.

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  38. How do I mark unread in the Feedly app for Android? I cannot find the option anywhere and it is driving me up the wall. Thanks!

  39. So the only way I can add a blog is to go into Feedly ( I have the Firefox addon) and search for it or paste the url? I just would like to have a button that I could click on when I’m on a web page that would add it without having unnecessary steps…kind of like the delicious add on. Sigh. I miss Google Reader. I love your set up better but you make it really hard to add blogs to my feed.

  40. Hi
    I transferred my feeds from Google great and easy to do.
    However not all of my feeds are updating any help much appreciated I have checked the feeds and do work.
    Thank you

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  42. Two things would make this “the app I’m looking for”. First, you clearly have an algorythm for prioritizing the items. But I don’t want sports nor celebrity stuff always getting ranked up at the top. How about options so we can say rank this up or that down?
    Also, give us an easy way to “mark read” or “hide”. I don’t want to read all the articles and I don’t want to mark the entire section read. If I could remove the junk quickly – this would be a very good app!

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  44. I am unable to load Feedly. When I go to http://cloud.feedly.com/ on one of my computers, the page is completely blank (pure white). Do you have any idea how I can enable it?

    It seems Feedly may be blocked somehow. I’ve already enabled third party extensions, and it still does not load. I am running it through Internet Explorer via Windows 7, and it works fine with this OS on my other computer. PLEASE HELP.

    1. I also want to see rss feeds frm tags. I useGoogle Reader to tag items which then are fed into my blog via a rss feed. No rss feed = no automagic for me. I hope Feedly too doesn’t go the way of Facebook/G+ and bceome virtual silos, sucking everything in and aonly selectively sharing.Cheers

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  46. i am the author of a new blog, and i have deleted several “test” posts, but they are still appearing on feedly when i check the blog feed. is there no way to have feedly stop displaying deleted blog postings? i can’t start publicizing the blog until these test posts are no longer appearing on feedly! can anyonehelp?

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