The Direct Read News toolbar will appear after you have retrieved and displayed a list of newsgroups. This toolbar offers a number of features and tools, which you may find helpful when interacting within the newsgroups. The individual toolbar features are discussed in greater detail below, and if you should have any questions about the Direct Read News interface that cannot be answered by these Help pages, please contact


 Toolbar Help Tips:

Subscribed List: Direct Read News offers a variety of user controlled preferences, and the interface can be easily customized. As an example,  you can create an access list of your favorite groups, commonly referred to as a subscribed list. Once you've subscribed to a collection of newsgroups, the "Subscribed List" icon provides a shortcut to that list.

Content Search: Two powerful search engines have been built into Direct Read News. "Content Search" locates message content within the various newsgroups, and unlike static databases, this realtime search engine retrieves the latest messages posted within Usenet.

Find Groups: Looking for a particular newsgroup? "Find Groups" will help you locate a specific newsgroup or a collection of newsgroups related to a topic of interest. 

Preferences: This area lets your customize the Direct Read News interface to your personal preferences. Track your favorite discussions and authors, subscribe to newsgroups, choose how messages will be sorted in your groups, increase/decrease the number of messages you wish to view, create a default signature for your newsgroup messages, and more.

Email: If you currently maintain an active Newsguy Email account, this icon provides direct access to your mailbox via our Direct Read Mail web interface. Newsguy Email accounts may also be accessed through traditional POP clients such as Eudora or Outlook Express.

Help: Unfamiliar with a certain Direct Read News feature? Not sure how to post a message? Having trouble subscribing to your favorite newsgroups? "Help" provides you with instant access to our Direct Read News help pages.