Did you know that you could publish
a message on the Internet on just about any topic of interest and receive
comments and feedback from other users around the world? You can
find information on just about anything in the newsgroup discussions!
To start browsing through the newsgroup
discussion topics, from the Microsoft® Internet
The very first time you attempt
this, a dialogue box/form will appear where you will have to enter some
information to create a newsgroup account profile. You will have
to fill-out the information that will appear on your published messages
(name, email) as well as the address you'll be connecting to to receive
newsgoup messages. This address depends on your Internet Service
Provider (ISP). This address is usually "news.your_isp's_name.com".
You can always obtain this address from your connection package documentation
or by calling your ISP.
click on Tools, select Mail
and News, then highlight and click on Read News.
When you're done
click the Finish
Outlook Express window will appear, alongside a dialogue box ...
Yet another dialogue box will appear,
stating that you are receiving the newsgroups... This may take 5
to 10 minutes (depends on your connection speed) given that there are thousands
of newsgroup topics available (40.000 last time we tried.)
When the download is complete, the
window will appear. From this list you can select
the newsgroup discussion topics you want to "subscribe" to. As you
probably have guessed, it may be a bit difficult at first to make a selection
as there are thousands of topics to choose from! We've already selected
a newsgroup for you, entitled "alt.ascii-art".
You are now subscribed to this
newsgroup.. You can repeat the process as many times as you wish
and subscribe to as many newsgroups as you want. When you're done..
Drag the scrollbar all the way down until
your see the "alt.ascii-art" entry, click on it and then click the Subscribe
...and you'll see the newsgroup
(alt.ascii-art) you subscribed to on your list of folders.
and all messages belonging to
this newsgroup will appear, just as your email messages do. You can
read, send and reply to a message in the exact same way you do with your
Click on the alt.ascii-art
The following time you open the Microsoft®
Outlook Express window to view newsgoup messages, right-click the
newsgoup folder and highlight and click on Catch
is how you'll receive all the new messages posted!
Now you know
how to participate in newsgroup discussions using Microsoft® Outlook Express!
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by permission from Microsoft Corporation. Microsot® Internet Explorer
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