With the News widget, you can check your favorite sources of news right straight from your desktop. The technique we use here is called RSS (Really Simple Syndication), and yes, it's really simple to use.
1. Add a News widget [back to top]
Click the Add icon in the top right corner.
- Select News feed (RSS).
- Browse through our list of feeds or type in the name of the news site you want to add.
- Once you've found your feed, select it.
- Click Add Feed to add a feed to your start.me page.
You can add multiple RSS feeds to your News widget, even if they don't appear in our suggestions list. All you do is go to a news source, locate the RSS URL you want to follow and then copy and paste the URL in the entry field.
2. Widget menu [back to top]
Right-click the widget or click the More icon (three dots) to open the Widget menu. This is where you control the appearance and behavior of your News widget. These are your options:
- Add Feed. This option opens a sidebar, where you can search in our database for a known news source, or paste a custom URL.
Edit the widget. Change the title. Add a new RSS source from here. Click Done to stop editing.
- Refresh the widget, to make sure the data is current.
Copy the widget to another page. The original widget will remain on the page.
Move the widget to another page. The original widget will be deleted.
Display settings. Here you can set:
- The Number of articles to show (1 - 50)
- If you want to Show summaries of the articles, and for how many articles.
- If you want to Show images, and the size you want these to have.
- If you want to Show feeds in one list or not. This feature is useful when you have more than one news feed.
- If you want to Wrap headlines, so the widget is more compact.
- If you want to Show pagination buttons, to switch to past articles.
Change background color and transparency. If you make the widget 100% transparent, you'll only see the search field. You can also apply this setting to all other widgets on your page.
Delete widget. You'll get a pop-up to ask if you are sure. If your continue, the widget will delete. There is no way to undo this.
3. Resources [back to top]
- If you want to learn more about RSS and why you should use it, read this article on Lifewire.
- This is a free widget.