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When you spend as much time on the web as we do at Web User, you end up with a long list of bookmarked websites that you go back to time and time again. But it’s frustrating when you check back to a website only to find that it hasn’t updated since your last visit or that none of its latest articles interest you.
Feedly saves you wasting time by letting you skim through headlines and summaries of the latest posts on all your favourite sites, quickly and easily, in one place. It also has a new tool called Boards, which works alongside its existing Read It Later tool, organising the articles you want to view at your convenience into useful lists.
1If you’ve never used Feedly before, go to feedly.com, click ‘Get started for free’ and either create a new account or log in with a Google or Facebook account. Type the name or address of a favourite website into the box. 1 Some sites have more than one feed, 2 so scroll down to find the one (or ones) you want and click Follow. 3
2To follow a source, you have to create a collection, which is a folder that you can use to group similar types of sources together under a broad heading. Click the ‘Create a collection’ link and either type a name into the box or choose one of the suggestions. 2
3Click the site’s icon 1 to see all the latest stories. When you first add a source, only the 10 latest stories will be listed. If you want to go further back, scroll to the bottom of the list and click the ‘Mark all as read’ button. Click the site’s icon again to see the feed’s previous stories, going further back in time.
4If you just want to read an article later and don’t need to organise it into a separate list, hover over the article and click the Read Later icon. 1 This adds the article to the ‘Read later’ list, which you can access from the link on the top left of the sidebar. 2
5Use the star icon to save a story to a board. You can either hover over a story in the list view and click the star 1 or click a story to read the preview, in which case the star icon appears in the row of tools above it. The first time you use a board, you’ll need to click the ‘Create your first board’ button. 2
6Type the name that you want to give to the board into the box and click the Create button. When you click the star icon from now on, you can add a link to an existing board by clicking its Save button 1 or click ‘Create a board’ 2 again to make a new category.
7By default, clicking a headline to read more of a story will mark it as read. This displays the headline in grey so you can see at a glance that you’ve viewed it. You can also mark something without opening it by using the tick icon. 1 The cross 2 marks an item as read and hides it, so you won’t see it again.
8For maximum efficiency when ploughing through long lists of unread material, we changed the defaults to mark anything as read as soon as we scroll past it, to save us from having to click the ticks or crosses. To do this, click your account icon 1 and choose Preferences, 2 then click the ‘Mark as read’ button. 3
9Turn off Confirm Mark As Read 1 to make browsing through articles much faster. Also, under Auto-mark As Read On Scroll, choose All Views. 2 This activates the scrolling ‘mark as read’ setting. Scroll down and you can also configure keyboard shortcuts and activate the option to click on the unread number icon to mark an entire group as read.
10If you’ve discovered an interesting article outside Feedly, you can still add it to one of your boards. Copy the URL of the article and open Feedly. Select the board from the menu, 1 then click the star icon. 2 Paste the address of the page into the URL box, 3 wait for the preview to load, then click ‘Save to board’. 4