Newsgroups

Newsgroups have nothing to do with news; in fact, they’re Internet bulletin boards. There are at least 30,000 of them, on every conceivable topic: pop culture, computers, politics, and every other special (and very special) interest; in fact, there are several dozen just about Windows. Use Outlook Express to read and reply to these messages almost exactly as though they were email messages.

Furthermore, Outlook Express lets you use multiple news servers (bulletin-board distribution computers), subscribe to individual newsgroups, filter messages in your newsgroups using rules, and post and read messages complete with attachments.

Note

If a news server (not an individual newsgroup) is selected in the Folders list, then the rightmost portion of the Outlook Express interface displays a list of newsgroups available on that server.

Setting Up an Account

Setting up a new news account is similar to setting up a new email account; the adventure begins by contacting your Internet service provider and finding out its news server address, along with your user name and password.

Next, choose ToolsAccounts; click the News tab, click the Add button, and then click News.

Now a wizard steps you through the process of creating a news account in Outlook Express; it involves entering your email address and the address of your news server. (Sometimes you get newsgroup access with your regular Internet account. If your ISP doesn’t provide newsgroup access, you’ll have to subscribe to a news service. ...

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