Subscribe to a newsgroup

Unlike a magazine subscription, subscribing to a newsgroup doesn't require you to sign up or spend any money. But a typical Internet news server offers thousands of newsgroups to choose from, so finding the newsgroups that you're interested in reading can be time-consuming, especially if you have to navigate the entire list of newsgroups each time. If you frequently visit a particular newsgroup and would like to make it easier to locate, you can subscribe to that newsgroup so that it will be available from the Windows Mail folder list whenever you want it.

  1. Open Windows Mail by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, and then clicking Windows Mail.

  2. Click the Tools menu, and then click Newsgroups.

  3. In the Account(s) box, click the news server that contains the newsgroup you'd like to subscribe to.

  4. Click the newsgroup you want to subscribe to, and then click Subscribe.

    To subscribe to more than one newsgroup, press CTRL while clicking the newsgroups you want to subscribe to.

  5. A folder icon will appear next to any newsgroups you have subscribed to. Click OK to save your changes.

Picture of the newsgroup subscription dialog box
Select the newsgroups you want to subscribe to


  • To remove a newsgroup subscription, repeat the steps above, but click Unsubscribe after clicking the newsgroup you'd like to remove from your subscription list.

  • To preview a newsgroup's contents without subscribing to it, click the newsgroup you want to preview, and then click Go to.

  • You can search for newsgroups that might interest you by typing an appropriate topic (such as "games") in the Display newsgroups which contain box.