Some people just don't like the RSS feature in Outlook. Fortunately you can disable the RSS capability using group policy. While group policy is considered by many to be a ‘corporate’ feature, anyone can change their local group policy, or simply edit the registry.
Create the following key if it does not exist and restart Outlook:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook\Options\RSS DWORD: Disable Value: 1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook\Options\RSS DWORD: Disable Value: 1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Options\RSS DWORD: Disable Value: 1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\Options\RSS DWORD: Disable Value: 1
This turns off the RSS capability but does not remove the RSS folder from your message store. Personal folders created after you enable this registry value will not include the RSS folder; however, you will not be able to delete existing RSS folders using the Outlook UI. You’ll need to use a MAPI editor, such as MFCMAPI Editor or Outlook Spy, to hide or delete the folder.
Using the Group Policy template
To use the group policy templates you need to add the Outlook policy template to the Group Policy Editor. You can do this one of two ways: Import the Outlook template or Save the Office policy templates to the Policy Definitions folder. More information (and screenshots) is available at Use Group Policy ADMX files in Windows 7 or 8 (non-domain computers)
Method 1: Import the Template
If you are using the template for one Office application, this method may be the easiest.
- After extracting the files, go to Start menu, Run and type gpedit.msc
- In the left column of the MMC expand Local Computer Policy then right click Administrative Templates in User Configuration and choose Add/Remove Templates
- Browse to the location where you extracted the templates to and select OUTLK12.ADM and install it.
- Locate the policies you wish to enable and apply.
Method 2: Save the templates in the PolicyDefinitions folder.
If you want to use more than one template, this method installs all of them in the Group Policy editor.
- After extracting the group policy template, copy the files to C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions
- Press Windows key + R to open the Run command, type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
- All of the Office group policy templates are installed and ready to use.
Do It For Me
If you don't want to edit the registry or mess with the Group Policy Editor, we have registry files available for download. After downloading, double click to run.
Delete the RSS folder using MFCMAPI
- Download MFCMapi then run it.
- Session menu > Logon then choose your profile (if asked)
- Double click on the data file that contains the RSS folder you want to delete
- Expand Root Container and Top of Personal Folders
- Right click on RSS Feeds folder and choose Delete folder.
Note: While you could use MFCMAPI to delete most of Outlook's default folders, if the data file is used as the default, Outlook will recreate the folders. (See Hiding the folders, it might work better. )
Using MFCMAPI to Delete the RSS Feeds Folder Video Tutorial
There are policy templates for each version of Outlook (and Office) available in the Policy templates (ADM files), available in the Office Resource kit.
Office 2013 Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML)
Office 2010 Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX/ADML)
Office 2007 policy templates
Links to Outlook Spy, Exchange Server MAPI Editor and others: