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Participating in Internet Newsgroups : Setting News Options - Options for Newsgroups and Messages, Options for Individual Newsgroups

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Windows Mail has all kinds of options and settings that enable you to customize many aspects of the Windows Mail email client. There are also quite a few options related to newsgroups, and this section runs through them all.

1. Options for Newsgroups and Messages

The options related to newsgroups and messages are in the Options dialog box, which you can get to by selecting the Tools, Options command.

Setting General Options

The General tab contains three group-related settings :

Notify Me If There Are Any New NewsgroupsWith this check box activated, Windows Mail polls the server for the names of newsgroups added since you last connected. If there are any, Windows Mail displays a dialog box to let you know. (A list of the new groups appears in the New tab of the Newsgroup Subscriptions dialog box.)
Use Newsgroup Communities Support FeaturesIf you deactivate this check box, you cannot rate Microsoft Communities posts, and the Post Type options don’t appear in the post composition window.
This Application Is NOT the Default News HandlerThe default news handler is the program that loads whenever you run your web browser’s news command. If Windows Mail is not the default news program, click the Make Default button. If Windows Mail is currently the default news handler, this button is disabled.

Setting Read Options

The Read tab boasts the following message-related settings :

Automatically Expand Grouped MessagesActivating this check box tells Windows Mail to expand all downloaded threads.
Automatically Download Message When Viewing in the Preview PaneWhen this check box is activated and you’re online, Windows Mail downloads and displays a message when you highlight its header. If you’d prefer not to have messages downloaded automatically, deactivate this check box.
Get X Headers at a TimeUse this spin box to specify the maximum number of newsgroup headers that Windows Mail downloads when you select the Tools, Get Next X Headers command. Increase this value if you read busy newsgroups with lots of messages. (The maximum value is 1,000.) If you want to always download every message in a newsgoup, deactivate this check box.
Mark All Messages as Read When Exiting a NewsgroupActivate this check box to force Windows Mail to mark all the messages in the current newsgroup as read when you select a different newsgroup or folder.

Setting Maintenance Options

You’ll find a few more message-related options in the Maintenance dialog box, shown in Figure 1. To display this dialog box, select the Advanced tab and then click Maintenance. Most of these options affect the local storage that Windows Mail uses for downloaded messages.Here’s a summary:

Figure 1. The Maintenance tab contains various options related to the local storage of downloaded messages.


Purge Newsgroup Messages in the BackgroundActivate this check box to have Windows Mail automatically delete newsgroup messages according to the following two settings.
Delete Read Message Bodies in NewsgroupsIf you activate this check box, each time you exit Windows Mail, the program deletes from local storage the bodies of those posts that you’ve read.
Delete News Messages X Days After Being DownloadedWhen you activate this check box, Windows Mail deletes any downloaded message the specified number of days after you downloaded it.
Clean Up NowClick this button to force Windows Mail to compact its local storage space immediately.
NewsActivate this check box to have Windows Mail maintain a log of commands sent to and from the news server. This log is stored in a text file named account, where account is the name of the news account. The log file is saved in your user account’s Windows Mail folder:
%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail


2. Options for Individual Newsgroups

Windows Mail also maintains a few properties related to individual newsgroups. To view these settings, right-click a newsgroup and then click Properties. The properties sheet that appears contains three tabs: General, Synchronize, and Local File. The General tab tells you the name of the newsgroup, the total number of available messages, and the number of those messages that are unread.

The Synchronize tab enables you to set the default download setting for this newsgroup. These are the same options that appear when you select the Tools, Synchronize this Newsgroup command.

The Local File tab, shown in Figure 2. contains settings that control the newsgroup’s local message store, which is a subfolder (with the same name as the newsgroup) in the server’s folder, which appears in your user’s account’s Windows Mail folder. For example, each Windows Communities group you subscribe to has a subfolder in the following location:

Figure 2. Use the Local File tab to control the local storage for the newsgroup.


AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail\Microsoft Communities

You can adjust the group storage by using the following buttons:

Remove MessagesClick this button to remove all the downloaded message bodies from the local storage file.
DeleteClick this button to clean out all the downloaded headers and message bodies from the local storage file.
ResetClick this button to clean out all the downloaded headers and message bodies from the local storage file and to reset messages marked as read or watched. This enables you to download these headers again, which is useful if you’re having trouble accessing the newsgroup or if the local storage file becomes slow or inaccessible due to its large size.
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