Knowledgebase: Email & Newsgroups
Setting up Outlook Express as your newsreader
Posted by Clarke M on 27 March 2006 09:15 PM
Usenet is one of the oldest uses of the Internet by the public, and still flourishing. It is where discussions about any topic imaginable take place - from airplanes to zoology. Many people have never been exposed to these communities, and todays's tip is to show you how in Outlook Express.

1. Open Outlook Express. You will see something similar to this:

2. Click on Tools and then on Accounts.

3. Click on the News tab.

4. Click on Add, then select News.

5. Type your name as you would like it to appear. Please remember that your posts will be readable by the entire world - if you do not want to use your last name, or even if you want to use an alias, that's fine.

6. Type in your email address. Now, this is where you have to be careful. Spam "bots" scour Usenet constantly, harvesting email addresses. It may not be a good idea to use your primary address, or even better, you can "munge" your email address in a way that humans can figure it out but harvesters can't.

In that example, if I wanted to make it so spam bots don't harvest my real address, I could type is as Anyone who needed to email me a reply as opposed to posting it to the newsgroup would notice the change to my email address and remove the capitalised letters.

7. You will next be asked for the news server. Type in:

8. Click "finish".

9. You will be taken back to the Accounts screen, on which you can click "Close".

You will now notice that under your mail folders (inbox, outbox, etc.) there is now a folder that says

To subscribe to newsgroups, right-click on this folder and click "Newsgroups". If this is the first time you have done this, it will download the titles of all available groups. This will take a little while, as there are thousands. Scroll through the list, or do a search to find groups to which you would like to subscribe. Highlight the selected groups and click the Subscribe button.

You are now subscribed!

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