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Reading Messages

12.19. How Do I Read the Messages from a Newsgroup?

When you've located a newsgroup (see FAQ 12.15), you can start reading and posting messages by selecting that newsgroup from the Folder List. At this point, it's just like reading e-mail from Outlook: You simply double-click the post you want to read. Here are the main differences between newsgroup posts and e-mails:

  • Posts made to the newsgroup are publicly available to anyone reading the newsgroup.

  • Newsgroup posts are “threaded.” That means that all posts to a “conversation,” or thread, are kept together. In Outlook Express, this is denoted with a plus sign to the left of a message, indicating a series of posts that all resulted from one original post. To expand a thread, click the plus sign. To see how to have threads automatically expanded, refer to FAQ 12.20.

  • You can specify that you want to “watch” an ongoing conversation. See FAQ 12.21.

  • You can choose to ignore posts to a specific conversation. See FAQ 12.23.


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