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Chapter 35. Outlook Express and Usenet News > Filtering Newsgroup Messages

Filtering Newsgroup Messages

I mentioned at the top of this chapter that many newsgroups are riddled with spam (unsolicited commercial email) and off-topic rants and raves. Such groups are said to have a bad signal-to-noise ratio. To help improve this ratio, Outlook Express has a newsgroup filter feature that enables you to set up criteria for messages you don't want to see. Here are the steps to follow to set up a newsgroup filter:

1.
Select Tools | Newsgroup Filters. Outlook Express displays the Newsgroup Filters dialog box.

2.
Click the Add button. You see the Properties dialog box shown in Figure 35.6.

Figure 35.6. Use this dialog box to define the criteria for those messages you don't want to see.


3.
Use the Group(s) list to specify where you want your criteria applied. You can choose a specific (subscribed) newsgroup or server, or you can apply the filter to all your Usenet dealings (by selecting All Servers).

4.
Use the following controls to define the criteria:

From: Use this text box to specify one or more email addresses. In this case, Outlook Express won't display any messages that were sent from one of these addresses.

Subject: Use this text box to filter out messages that contain a particular word or phrase in the Subject line.

Message has more than x lines: Activate this check box to filter out messages that are longer than the number of lines specified in the spinner.

Message posted more than x days: Activate this check box to filter out messages that are older than the number of days specified in the spinner.

5.
Click OK to return to the Newsgroup Filters dialog box.

6.
When you're finished, click OK to return to Outlook Express.


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