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Chapter 20. Participating in Internet Newsgroups > 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, Windows Mail 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 the Tools, Message Rules, News command. One of two things will happen:

  • If this is the first time you are creating a rule, Windows Mail displays the New News Rule dialog box.

  • If you already have at least one rule, the Message Rules dialog box appears with the News Rules tab displayed. In this case, click New to open the New News Rule dialog box.

2.
In the Select the Conditions for Your Rule list, activate the check box beside the rule condition you want to use to pick out a message from the herd. Windows Mail adds the condition to the Rule Description text box. Note that you’re free to select multiple conditions.

3.
The condition shown in the Rule Description text box will probably have some underlined text. You need to replace that underlined text with the specific criterion you want to use (such as a word or an address). To do that, click the underlined text, type the criterion in the dialog box that appears, and click Add. Most conditions support multiple criteria (such as multiple addresses or multiple words in a subject line), so repeat this step as necessary. When you’re done, click OK.

4.
If you selected multiple conditions, Windows Mail assumes that all the conditions must be true before invoking the rule (Boolean AND). To change this, click and in the Rule Description text box, activate the Messages Match Any One of the Criteria option, and click OK.

5.
In the Select the Actions for Your Rule list, activate the check box beside the action you want Windows Mail to take with messages that meet your criteria. You might have to click underlined text in the Rule Description text box to complete the action. In addition, you can select multiple actions.

6.
Use the Name of the Rule text box to type a descriptive name for the rule.

7.
Click OK. Windows Mail drops you off at the News Rules tab of the Message Rules dialog box.


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