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Notes on Working with Newsgroup Messages

You can treat newsgroup messages in much the same way that you treat email messages. That is, you can view the message text in the preview pane, open the message in its own window, save the message, copy it to another folder, and so on. I discussed all of these message techniques and quite a few others in Chapter 19, “Communicating with Windows Mail.” Here are a few notes on tasks that are specific to newsgroup messages:

  • Dealing with threads— If you see a plus sign (+) beside a message header, it means that replies exist for this header. To see the other messages in the thread, click the plus sign or highlight the message and press plus sign (+) on your numeric keypad.

  • Unscrambling ROT13 messages— Some messages are encoded using a scheme called ROT13. This scheme encodes the message by shifting the letters of the alphabet 13 positions to the right, and wrapping around to the front of the alphabet when it reaches the end. (The ROT part is short for rotate.) If you come across a message encoded using ROT13, you can use Windows Mail’s built-in decoder. To use it, select Message, Unscramble (ROT13).

  • Canceling one of your messages— If you post a message and then have second thoughts, you can remove it from the newsgroup by highlighting it and selecting Message, Cancel Message. (This command is available only for messages you’ve sent. People who have downloaded your message will still see it)

  • Combining and decoding multiple attachments— Some multimedia groups post large binary files that are split into multiple posts. To extract the original binary file from these posts, first select all the posts. Then select Message, Combine and Decode to display the Order for Decoding dialog box. Use the Move Up and Move Down button to order the posts (the subject lines usually tell you the proper order), and then click OK.


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