Outlook Express (English)

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Outlook Express

"Outlook Express" and "Outlook" are two different programs. Only the former can be used as newsreader.

Outlook Express
Outlook Express is an e-mail/news client that was included with Internet Explorer versions Internet Explorer 4.0 through 6.0. As such, it was also bundled with several versions of Microsoft Windows, from Windows 98 to Windows XP, and was available for Windows 95.
Windows Mail
Windows Mail is an e-mail and newsgroup client included in Windows Vista. It is the successor to Outlook Express.
Outlook
Microsoft Office Outlook or Outlook is a personal information manager from Microsoft, and is part of the Microsoft Office suite.

Account Configuration

Basics

Tools → Accounts...
Switch to tab "News"
Add → News...

Outlook Express 6 English - Internet Accounts.png

Chose apropriate "Display name" and "E-mail address:". These two values are published in your postings. According to our Terms Of Use the e-mail address must be valid and at the user's disposal. Alternatively the top level domain (TLD) "invalid" may be used, e.g. foobar@invalid.invalid.

Server Name

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Logon

Fill in the values of "Username:" and "Password:" that you received from us by e-mail.

Outlook Express 6 English - Internet News Server Logon.png

Recommended Configuration

8-bit Characters in Header Fields

By default OE sends 8-bit characters in header fields (e.g. From: or Subject:) without proper declaration. Quite often this does not survive transport through Usenet and ends up as garbled characters.

Correct settings:

Tools → Options... → Send → "News Sending Format"

  • Switch to "Plain Text"

Tools → Options... → Send → Plain Text Settings...

  • select message format "MIME"
  • Encode text using: None
  • disable "Allow 8-bit characters in headers"

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This picture also shows a very large number for "Automatically wrap text". The problem with this feature is that there is no preview, it is applied when you send the message. Since overlong lines are a small problem compared to inapropriate line wrappings, it is recommended to deactivate this feature.

Optional Configuration

Reply-To:

Open the property page of your news account:

  • either Right click on "news.albasani.net", then "Properties"
  • or Tools → Accounts..., select "news.albasani.net", click "Properties"

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NNTP over SSL (NNTPS)

Switching from plain-text to encrypted communication is a separate step not covered by the configuration wizard.

Open the property page of your news account:

  • either Right click on "news.albasani.net", then "Properties"
  • or Tools → Accounts..., select "news.albasani.net", click "Properties"

Change to the tab "Advanced".

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Note that the certificate used on "news.albasani.net" is not signed by a certificate authority. OE will warn you about that.

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Using Outlook Express

Setting a Followup-To

The default selection of headers is very brief.

Outlook Express 6 English - New Message Brief Headers.png

Activate menu item View → All Headers to get advanced options.

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