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Hour 15. Reading and Posting to Newsgroups > Reading Newsgroup Messages

Reading Newsgroup Messages

Once you open and display a newsgroup's message list (peek ahead to Figure 15.14), reading messages is just like reading email messages in an email program. In Netscape Messenger or Outlook Express, you single-click an item in the list to display it in the preview pane (as shown in 15.14), or double-click it to display the message in its own window.

Tip

The message lists you see in an email program generally show messages that have been copied to your computer. But in most newsreaders, the messages in the list you see when you open a newsgroup are not on your computer; they're on the news server.

All that's been copied to your computer are the message headers, to make up the list. When you display any particular message, that message is then copied to your computer. Because the messages aren't copied until you request them, you must stay online while working with newsgroups.

Some newsreaders—including Netscape Messenger and Outlook Express—support offline news reading. You can configure them to automatically download messages from newsgroups so you can read them later, offline. You learn how to do this in Hour 20, "Working Smarter by Working Offline."



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