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Chapter 6. Exchanging Messages and News > Reading News and E-Mail Offline

Reading News and E-Mail Offline

To keep your phone line free and possibly reduce your Internet connection charges, you can read your newsgroup messages offline, while you are disconnected from the Internet. First, when you are online, set Outlook Express to download (transfer to your computer) only the headers (message topics, authors, and dates) for the various newsgroups to which you subscribe. Then you can go offline and read the headers that have been downloaded. Mark the messages that look interesting, and then go back online to download the messages you marked. Before disconnecting from your ISP, make sure you set Outlook Express to Work Offline.

Set Outlook Express to Retrieve Only Headers

Click the news server in the Folders list.

Click the newsgroup you want to view offline.

Click the Settings list arrow, and then click Headers Only.

If you want, select the New Messages Only check box to download new messages along with the headers.

Repeat steps 2 through 4 for each newsgroup you want to read offline.


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