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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

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