newsgroups are public forums devoted to a particular topic. There are
thousands of newsgroups, covering virtually every topic you can think of
(and many that you haven't thought of).
lists all of the newsgroups that deal with Excel. Newsgroups are an
excellent way to learn more about Excel, and to ask questions of other
software to access the newsgroups. Microsoft Outlook Express is a good
choice (it's part of Internet Explorer). Others prefer to use a program by
Forte called Agent.
1996, Microsoft established several Excel-related newsgroups on its own
server. If your ISP doesn't carry these newsgroups, you can access them
directly from Microsoft's news server (which is actually the best
approach). You'll need to configure you newsreader software or web browser
to access Microsoft's news server, which is:
Or, you can
access the microsoft.public.* newsgroups from using a browser-based
interface. This method is not as efficient, and should be used only if
you can't access the newsgroups via normal methods.
Are You a
New User? - NEW NEWSGROUP
If you're an
Excel newbie, you might feel a bit intimidated by the newsgroups. If so,
there's a newsgroup just for you: microsoft.public.excel.newusers.
This newsgroup was added in December, 2002.
Excel Newsgroup List
Excel-related newsgroups on Microsoft's server are:
don't realize it, but you can perform a keyword search on past newsgroup
postings. Often, this is an excellent alternative to posting a question to
the newsgroup since you can get the answer immediately.
source for searching newsgroup postings is google.com
assume you're having a problem with your VBA Auto_Open procedure in Excel.
You can perform a search using the following keywords: Excel,
VBA, and Auto_Open. Either of these search engines will
find dozens of newsgroup postings that deal with these topics. It may take
a while to sift through the messages, but there's an excellent chance that
you'll find an answer to your question.
link below to search google.com in a new browser window.
posting to a newsgroup
If you decide
to post a question to a newsgroup, first make sure that the question has
not already been answered. .
a google search to make sure that the question has not already been
answered. (see Searching newsgroups, above)
2. Make the
subject line descriptive. Post with a subject line such as "Help me!"
and "Excel Question" are less likely to be answered than a post with a
subject like "Excel Charting Problem."
3. Post in
the appropriate newsgroup, and don't cross-post to other groups
unless the question applies to multiple groups.
the spreadsheet product and version that you are using.
your question as specific as possible. Usually, stating that something
"doesn't work right" isn't sufficient.
your message brief and to the point, but provide enough information so
the question can actually be answered.
7. For best
results, post only one question per message.
what you've done to try to answer your own question.
type in all uppercase or all lowercase, and avoid using teen-style
abbreviations such as "this is 4 U."
your grammar and spelling.
using jargon or acronyms that are specific to your industry.
include a file attachment.
posting multipart MIME messages that include 300 lines of HTML for a 5
14. If you
would like an e-mail reply, don't use an "anti-spam" e-mail address that
requires the responder to modify your address.