You can read newsgroups with a news reader client.
Tips on searching newsgroups, sorting, and access to newsgroups through email are described below.
Searching. Searching is always a powerful information sorting function.
For example, you can search a newsgroup for messages that have senders or
subjects that match certain keywords of interest to you. This can be useful
if the newsgroup has a lot of messages so you can quickly find those discussing
subjects you are interested in. Once you find a message you want to read,
can highlight that message, sort the message window by sender (see below), and
then read any other messages by the same author.
newsgroup search function is typically under an application menu item like "Edit
or "Edit / Search Messages". Some news readers
will even let you search through the contents of the messages without downloading
them, by sending a message to the news server which does
search and returns the results.
You usually select a newsgroup by clicking on its name in the newsgroup list
of your news reader. Typically a window will open that lists all of the messages
to that newsgroup in the past several days. You can then sort the list by clicking
on the title at the top of the column that you want the list to be ordered
by, such as those listed below:
- Date. Sorts the list from first to last by the time they arrived on
your news server. News servers usually normalize all message times according
to the GMT
date of their origination, so that later messages are consistently listed after
Orders the messages from smallest to largest, so that you can see approximately
how much space each one takes up.
Orders the messages so that all those sent by the same sender are collected together,
so that you can see successive messages by the same person.
Sorts the list into an alphabetical listing by subject, with similarly spelled
subjects grouped together.
Email. The site News2mail.com
will forward newsgroups postings to your email account, which can be handy if
you have email access to the Internet but not newsgroup access.