News Command on Go Menu Option

Posted on 2005-04-13
Last Modified: 2010-04-08
The Windows Online Help says to place the News command on the Go menue item if one wants to access newsgroups. I cannot find the News command in the Customize toolbars sections. It's simply not among the options. Please help.
Question by:ggrayman
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    I think you may be looking at an older article.  Outlook has never had the ability to handle Newgroups, but in older versions you could install a newgroup, only version of Outlook Express that could allow you to access them.  But basically if you want to access newsgroups you would either use Outlook Express or one of the 3rd party newsgroup viewers available on the Internet.

    To add a newsgroup account you would go to TOOLS->ACCOUNTS and click on ADD->NEWS and enter the news server name and any username/password that is required.

    Once this is done the newsgroup account will show up in the folder list in Outlook Express.

    Author Comment

    No, this messgae was in Outlook 2003. The News item should be available on the Go menu.
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    Neither Outlook 2003 nor any other version of Outlook is able to process newsgroups.  When you are using newsgroups you are either in Outlook Express, or you are in some 3rd party newsgroup reader.

    Now as far as adding a NEWS command to the GO menu that launches Outlook Express, that can be done in Outlook 2003:
    1.  right click an empty spot on the toolbar and choose customize
    2.  on the COMMANDS tab under CATEGORIES click GO
    3.  in the COMMANDS menu (right side) find NEWS and drag (holding on mouse button and not releasing) it onto GO in the toolbar, the GO menu will drop down.  Drag down until the black horizontal line is at the point you want to insert the NEWS option to
    4.  click CLOSE in the CUSTOMIZE window.

    Now you should have NEWS listed as an option under the GO menu.  However, click on it and you will see that the newsgroups do not appear in Outlook, a new program launches.  The screen says "Outlook Newsreader", but if you are familiar with Outlook Express you will recognize that it is the program which just opened, with the email functionality disabled.  If you are not familiar with Outlook Express just click HELP->ABOUT MICROSOFT OUTLOOK EXPRESS, you will see that this program is actually Outlook Express.

    So again, it's really just a kind of complicated way to launch Outlook Express in a reduced functionality mode, rather than just opening the program normally and allowing it to handle email and newsgroups.  There is nothing you can do which will make newsgroups appear in the Outlook 2003 program itself.

    Author Comment

    I had done exactly what you said. The "News" item does not appear as an option for the Go menu. I need to find that command somewhere; it's not where it's supposed to be.

    Furthermore, I cant even add a news account; it's not one of the kinds of accounts that's available to add.

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    Accepted Solution

    1.  I have just walked thru the process listed above and it does insert the NEWS option to the GO menu as described.  If it is not working for you, I will need information about exactly where the process went awry to offer any suggestions as to why it is not working.

    2.  You do not need to find that command within Outlook, because any connection between newsgroups and Outlook is imaginary, and not necessary to what you are trying to achieve..  Again, clicking NEWS in the GO menu does is open Outlook Express in "limp mode" (meaning news only, no email) in a seperate window.  Clicking on the Outlook Express icon also opens Outlook Express, it just opens it with newsgroup and email functionality.  The end result you are trying to achieve is the exact behavior you will get if you start Outlook Express by clicking START->RUN and typing in "msimn.exe /outnews" or "msimn.exe /newsonly".  In fact you can make a shortcut on your desktop with this target "c:\program files\outlook express\msimn.exe /newsonly" (assuming that is where you have installed Outlook Express) and it will do exactly what you are trying to do as well.  But to reiterate, if it is urgent that you launch Outlook Express in the newsgroup only mode from the Outlook GO menu then that is entirely possible.  See the article below which describes the same process I mentioned above, but perhaps the different phrasing it uses will make the process easier to follow.

    3.  I assume that when you say you cannot add a news account, you mean you cannot add the news account to Outlook.  This is because, as I mentioned before, Outlook does not have and never has had the ability to view newsgroups, therefore there is not way you could configure a newsgroup account within it.  There is absolutely nothing you can do which will change the fact that Outlook product does not support newsgroups in any way/form/fashion.

    OLEXP: Command Line Options for Outlook Express (177233);EN-US;177233

    How do I configure Outlook 2003 to view newsgroups?

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