This area appears just below the Direct Read News toolbar and offers details about the newsgroup you've accessed, as well as controls for navigating through newsgroup messages. The information and controls within this area will change as you move from one Direct Read News page to the next (Newsgroup List, Message List, Message Page, etc.), and the following example is taken from the Message List page. If you have any questions about Direct Read News that cannot be answered by these Help pages, please contact support@newsguy.com.

 

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alt.binaries.pictures.*: Once you've accessed a newsgroup, Direct Read News displays a link to other groups, which may discuss a similar topic. In this example, we are inside a specific newsgroup (alt.binaries.pictures.animals), and Direct Read News is displaying a link that would take us to a list of similar newsgroups (alt.binaries.pictures.*). In this example, if we clicked the link, Direct Read News would display a list of other "picture" groups. 

11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20: Depending upon the newsgroup, you may find 50,000+ messages within a group that you've accessed. Large newsgroups will display 50-100 messages per page, and these page numbers will link you to each message page within a newsgroup. Pages may be accessed out of sequence, and you may jump to a specific message page by clicking on a page number. Once you've arrived on a particular page, that number will be displayed in a bold font, and it will no longer be underlined/linked.

next>: Page numbers are displayed in groups of 10, and if a newsgroup should have more than 10 message pages, the "next>" link will allow you to access those additional pages. In the above mentioned example, Direct Read News is currently showing pages 11-20, and if the "next>" link were clicked, the next series of message pages (21-30) would be displayed.

<back: Similar to "next>", the "<back" link allows you to retrieve previous message pages that you may have already navigated through. In the above mentioned example, Direct Read News is currently showing pages 11-20, and if the "<back" link were clicked, the previous series of message pages (1-10) would be displayed.

<start: Though not shown in this example, the "<start" link will take you back to the first page of messages within a newsgroup.