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Friday, November 19th, 2004 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

How do I use newsgroups?

In my opinion, the best program to use for using newsgroups is Outlook Express. Below I’ll show you how to set up newsgroups in Outlook Express and provide you with some screen shots to lessen the surprise factor.

1) Open Outlook Express. On the Tools Menu, select Accounts . Click the Add button to your right and choose the News option.


2) The connection wizard that you’re presented with is simple and to the point. When you get to the Internet News Server Name screen, you’ll need to enter your ISP’s news server address.

Most ISPs (not all, but most) give you access to newsgroups. If you’re not sure what your ISPs newsgroup server address is, contact them and ask. If your ISP doesn’t offer newsgroup access, you may be stuck using web based services. Yeah.. It’s not the best, but it works.


BIG TIP TIME! Say your ISP is “Bobs ISP” and the companies’ website address is The chance of this company using for their newsgroup server is extremely high. So, before calling them, you might want to give that a shot. If it doesn’t work, then you’ll be forced to contact them (and likely spend half your afternoon on hold…).

3) So you’ve followed the steps above and your newsgroup account is set up. Congrats! Now it’s time to let Outlook Express download the most current listing of newsgroups. This may take a while depending on your connection speed due to the massive amount of newsgroup topics. Let’s face it, there needs to be at least 3 or 4 topics for people to talk about peanut butter and how it’s a government conspiracy! (Sarcasm Inserted Here)

Once the list of newsgroups is done you can now search for your favorite topics. If you’re interested in rodeo, just pull up a search for rodeo. From there Outlook will show you the results of your search. If you find a specific topic you’d like to subscribe to, select the newsgroup name and hit the ” Subscribe ” button. Don’t worry; Newsgroups are free so you won’t find a mysterious bill in the mail after doing this.


4) Once you’re subscribed, you’ll see to your left a special section for newsgroups along with a listing of newsgroups that you’re subscribed to. To view a certain newsgroup, just click on the newsgroup name and Outlook Express will download those messages.

From there it’s very similar to writing, sending, and using email.


If you run into any problems while setting up newsgroups, refer to the following link to Microsoft’s Website that can give you more detailed information:;en-us;Q171164

Another option you have to view newsgroups is doing it through your browser. If you’ve used the Message Board , then you’ll be familiar on how to post and use newsgroups. I’ve done some researching, and after the smoke cleared out of the room from all the hard work, I ran into a website which seems to be the best out there for using newsgroups:

There’s no setup involved and it’s extremely simple to use.

– Jonathon

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