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Q: How do I configure Thunderbird to read newsgroups?


  1. From the Edit menu, choose Account Settings, and then click the Add Account... button. This will start the Account Wizard.
    Account Wizard

  1. Select Newsgroup account from the list of account types, and click Next.
    Name and Email Address fields

  2. Enter your name and email address (these will be used when posting to newsgroups)
    Newsgroup Server field

  3. Enter as the newsgroup server
    Account Name

  4. Enter a name for the account to uniquely identify it. If you can't think of one, "MIT Newsgroups" is a good choice.

  5. Verify that the settings are correct, and click Finish. You will then see the new account listed in the left column of Thunderbird.
    List of accounts

  6. Click on Manage newsgroup subscriptions to subscribe to various newsgroups.
    Subscribed window

  7. Thunderbird will download the list of groups from the server. You can browse through the list, or begin typing a newsgroup name in the box provided.
    List of Groups

  8. You can then place a checkmark next to the groups you wish to subscribe to, and click OK. The newsgroups you subscribe to will appear in the left column if you expand the MIT Newsgroups listing.

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May 04, 2016

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  1. Aug 18, 2016

    update screen shots in steps 2. and 4. to have the current news server

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