Reader Greg H. wrote me about a problem he as having reading Usenet newsgroups.
Seems like my newsgroup access has gone away. I’m running XP Pro and never had trouble like this before. Usually, I’d launch Outlook, click on View, then News>Go To and go from there. Now, the News option in the dropdown is completely missing. I am with the same internet provider and haven’t really changed anything. I reinstalled Outlook 2000 but nothing changed. Can you help here?
Greg’s first problem is that Outlook really is not a newsreader. Outlook Express is, though, and Microsoft made provisions for Outlook to use Outlook Express for Usenet news.
From Outlook 2003’s Help:
Start the newsgroup reader
The first time you use the newsreader, you must add the News command to the Go menu.
- Add the News command to the Go menu.
- * On the Standard toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), click the Toolbar Options arrow .
- Point to Add or Remove Buttons, and then click Customize.
- Click the Commands tab.
- In the Categories list, click Go.
- In the Commands list, click News, and drag it, without releasing the mouse, until it rests over the Go menu. When the menu displays a list of commands, point to where you want the command to appear, and then release the mouse.
- Click the Go menu, and then click News.
Personally, I use Agent, which is available in a free or paid version (I use the paid version). I find it is much friendlier than OE’s newsreading functions. You can download Agent from Forte Inc’s site – http://www.forteinc.com
I tried their APN news service for a while and found it kept messages longer than cox.net did. But, then I switched over to Giganews News Server Access — huge retention times and they’re FAST.
See these related articles:
- Usenet = Internet News = News Groups
- What programs can I use to read Usenet News?
- Software Review: Agent Usenet Newsreader