Creating Category Folders in Google Reader

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Last week I talked about the value of organizing the subscriptions in your feed reader. A couple of you mentioned that you weren’t sure how to do that, so I took some screenshots from my Organizing Your Way Google Reader account to help you get started.


To create a folder:

1. To start, if you’re in the main view of Google Reader, click on any of the feeds on the left.

2. You should then see a menu button above the posts called “Feed Settings”.

3. Click on it and choose “New folder…” from the very bottom.

4. Choose a name for the category for the feed you’re currently viewing.

To add a feed to an existing folder:

1. Once you’ve created a folder, it will then appear on the “Feed Settings” menu.

2. To add additional feeds to the same folder, simply choose it from the dropdown menu and it will be added.

3. You can also add feeds to several folders at once so that you can have them categorized by subject as well as into folders such as “Favorite Reads”.

To remove a feed from a folder:

1. Simply click on the folder name in the menu one more time to toggle the setting.


To edit your folder settings:

1. You can also create, edit and configure folders through the “Manage Subscriptions >>” link in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.


2. Click on the “Add to a folder…” button to create a new folder.


3. Once you have folders set up, you can also select several subscriptions at once by clicking on the checkboxes to the left of them. Then choose the “More actions…” menu and add them all to any folder on the dropdown menu.


4. To edit or delete existing folders, go to the “Folders and Tags” tab of the Settings screen.

5. Click on the trash can to delete a folder (which will not delete the existing subscriptions, just the folder).

There are many other settings and preferences you can edit from this menu as well, but that’s another post for another day!

The only other feed reader I’ve used is Bloglines, and here’s a video tutorial for creating folders in Bloglines.

Do you have any other tips for organizing your feed reader?

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Mandi Ehman

Hi. My name is Mandi and I’m an organizing junkie. I’m also a wife, and Momma to four little girls (5, 3.5, 2 and a new baby!). I've worked at home since our oldest was a baby, and like a lot of other moms, my life is a constant balancing act of caring for my family and my home, meeting my obligations and finding time for hobbies in there somewhere. Oh, yeah, in the interest of full disclosure, I’m somewhat of a kitchen dunce and I only like to pretend that I’m crafty. Read more here!

7 Responses to “ Creating Category Folders in Google Reader ”

  1. Mandi!! Thank you!! You are my hero today! I hope you are blessed today as I am blessed to be reading your blog! :)
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  2. After your post lst week, I finally figured out how to create folders in Google Reader. So much easier to manage. Thank you so much for the inspiration.
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  3. Thank you Mandi! I was looking for this. Your a peach! Can’t wait to get those folders started and my reader cleaned up.
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  4. Thank you , thank you, thank you. I can’t believe this is so simple and I could not figure it out! You are always so helpful. Bless you and yours.
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    Chele Reply:

    you and me both Melissa. I feel kind of stupid! LOL.
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  5. [...] at Organizing Your Way wrote a step by step to Creating Category Folders in Google Reader. I needed it. I have been stressing every day with my Reader. This helps so much! Although, now [...]

  6. Just a note – once you create a folder in Google Reader you cannot rename it, as far as I can tell. There’s one folder I want to rename, but to do so I have to delete the folder, make a new folder, then add all the blogs again.


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