What is a newsgroup? Newsgroups are split into different categories that generally indicate the topic covered by the group, e.g, comp. Are newsgroups that cover computer related topics. Each newsgroups category is then split into sub- categories tat indicate the sub-topics of the newsgroups and are separated by dots, e.g, comp.microsoft.public.internetexplore. The standard newsgroup - Every USENET site is expected to carry these newsgroups (e.g, comp, misc, news, rec, sci, soc and talk, etc.) The alternative newsgroups - These are optional but most newsgroup sites carry them (e.g, alt, biz, clari and more). Local newsgroups - These newsgroups are set up to benefit a local community, university, school or an organization. The newsgroups are also sometimes available to general internet users. Understanding the different newsgroup categories alt - Newsgroups that anyone can create, on any subject. Most of the newsgroups fall under this category. Biz - Business news, marketing and advertising comp - Computers and computer applications or software rec - Hobbies and sports soc - Social issues and socializing talk - Discussion of social issues How to add a news server If you don't have a news server installed on your computer you can do so very easily by doing the following: 1. Click the Tools/Accounts command, then click the News ab. 2. Click the Add button and select News from the sub-menu and the Internet Connection Wizard is activated to start installing a news server on your machine. 3. Click the Next button after filling in your name and email address until you get to the step where you need to type in your news server name. If you're not sure of the news server name you should type, then contact your ISP. 4. Once you've typed in your news server name click the Next button and fill in the rest of the information to install a news account. 5. Click the Finish button and the news server name will be displayed in the Internet Accounts dialog box under the News tab. 6. Click the Close button and a dialog box will pop-up asking you if you wan to download the newsgroups from the news server you've just added. 7. Click the Yes button to download the newsgroups, or the No button not to download them now. 8. If you click Yes the newsgroups dialog box appears and if you are not currently online a dialog box appears asking you if you would like to connect to the server. 9. Click the Yes button again to start the download process until all the newsgroups on the server are downloaded to your computer.