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Windows xp for dummies - Rahbone A.

Rahbone A. Windows xp for dummies - Hungry minds , 2001. - 430 p.
ISBN: 0-7645-0893-8
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Chapter 12: Cruising the Web, Sending E-Mail, and Using Newsgroups
Figure 12-9:
Click the Inbox in Outlook Express to unveil your newly received messages.
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2. Click any message’s subject to read it.
The message’s contents will then show in the bottom portion of the screen, as shown in Figure 12-10, ready for you to read. Or, to see the entire message in its own window, double-click the subject.
From here, Outlook Express leaves you with many options, each described in the following list.
A You can do nothing. The message stays in your Inbox folder until you delete it.
A You can respond to the message. Click the Reply icon along the top of Outlook Express (or choose Reply to Sender from the Message menu), and a new box appears, ready for you to type in a message. The box is just like the one that appears when you first compose a message, but there’s a big difference: This box is preaddressed with the recipient’s name and the subject.
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Figure 12-10:
Click a subject line to read that new message.
A You can file the message. Right-click on the message and choose either Copy to Folder or Move to Folder; then select the desired folder from the pop-up menu. Or, put folders on the left side of the screen so you can drag and drop the message’s header to the desired folder: Click the word Inbox, and, when the folders drop down, click the little push pin to keep the folders in place.
A You can print the message. Click the Print icon along the menu’s top, and Outlook Express shoots your message to the printer to make a paper copy.
A Outlook Express can be confusing when you drag and drop a message: As you drag the message over to the folders, the little envelope icon turns into a circle with a diagonal line through it. Don’t fret. That menacing circle disappears when the mouse rests over a folder that’s ready to accept a message.
A Outlook Express can handle more-complicated tasks, but these basic steps enable you to send e-mail to and receive e-mail from your friends and congressional leaders.
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A If you ever receive a message with an attachment that ends in the letters EXE or VBS, please delete the message immediately without opening it — even if the message comes from a trusted friend. Those attachments are the easiest way for evil people to send virus and worm programs into computers. After these programs get into your system, they replicate, sending copies of themselves to everybody you know — all your friends — without you knowing what’s going on. For complete peace of mind, buy an antivirus program and keep it updated faithfully.
What does the News area do?
Thousands of people with similar interests yak it up on the Internet through something called newsgroups. Newsgroups work sort of like mail that everybody gets to read.
A newsgroup is also like a public bulletin board. One person posts a message or file, and then everybody can read it and post their own replies, which spawns more replies.
To keep newsgroups on track, they are divided by subject — usually more than 30,000 of them — and Outlook Express can display all the subjects on your screen and let you join in the conversations.
Signing up for a newsgroup account is much easier than setting up an email account. Choose Accounts from the Tools menu, and click the News tab. Click the Add button and choose News from the pop-out menu. Finally, type in your name and e-mail address and type the word news when it asks for your News (NNTP) server. Finally, answer Yes when Office Express asks if you’d like to download newsgroups for your news account.
When you first subscribe to the newsgroups, Outlook Express searches for names of all the newsgroups carried by your Internet service provider and displays them on the screen. Collecting the names and descriptions of thousands of newsgroups takes some time, as shown in Figure 12-11, so play FreeCell for a while. Luckily, Outlook only searches for the newsgroups once and then it remembers them all.
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Figure 12-11:
Outlook Express must track down all of the newsgroups’ names and descriptions so that you can look at them.
Finding and reading a newsgroup
With many thousands of newsgroups, how can you find the right one? Well, start by making Outlook Express find it for you. For example, here’s how to find and subscribe to a newsgroup with discussions on recipes:
1. Make Outlook Express gather a list of newsgroup names and then choose Read News.
Discussed in the preceding section, the searching for newsgroup names must only be conducted once. (Thank goodness, because it can take a l-o-n-g time.) When you choose Read News, a box appears, showing all the available groups. (Well, the first ten or so, starting in alphabetical order.)
2. Type recipe in the Display Newsgroups Which Contain box.
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