News Rover Usenet Software

News Rover

Microsoft Windows

How to Search Usenet

Searching Usenet with News Rover is one of the best ways to get the most out of Usenet. If you know what you want to find, rather than wanting to browse the newsgroups, you can find your content and be downloading in seconds. If News Rover is not running, start it now and then walk with us through the following screens. When we are done you will be a couple clicks away from anything on Usenet.

If you have any questions, even something small, please e-mail us at and we will be glad to help.

How to Search Usenet

On the left, double-click on 'Newsgroup Search'

Select Newsgroup Search

You will now see another 'Newsgroup Search' appear under this.
Why another? We have no idea why, but click on that new one that appeared!

Select Newsgroup Search again

First, the basics of how to search Usenet. Type in one word and press enter.

Type your search term

Notice how the size of each result is shown (see the double arrows below). The results with a plus on the left (see the pink arrow) may be bigger than they appear. The plus means that it is an archive made of many files.

If a file with a plus beside it interests you, you can click on it once to see the combined size (and other information) in the box above the search results (see the single blue arrow below). For the file selected, it shows that the whole file is actually 452 Megabytes. Seeing the file sizes in the search results will be very helpful for determining if it is something that you are likely to want to download from Usenet.

When you double-click on a file to download it from Usenet, News Rover will automatically get all of the parts and then assemble everything for you. If not all of the parts exist, it will warn you before downloading. The only thing you have to do is double-click on the items you would like to download, and News Rover will take care of the rest.

Usenet Search Results

Now, double click on any of the results to start downloading.

Searching Usenet is that simple. But wait!
Read just a little bit more and see how to get the most from your searches.

Click on the button that says 'Search Properties'.

Usenet Search Properties

Click on the tab at the top that says 'File Attachments'. Then click 'Browse', and you can set where to save the files that you download. Make sure this is set to a location you will remember, as all your files from Usenet will be put here, then click 'OK'.

Select where to download files

Now do another search. When you double-click to download something, it will be put in the directory you just selected. You will never need to set this again. When you search Usenet, all your downloads will automatically be put in this directory.

Before you get lost in downloading, there is another very useful setting for searching Usenet. Under 'File Type Filter', you can select what types of files should be included in your search.

Set file type for Usenet search

Using 'All Types of File Attachments' is a good setting to start with, but this setting can show a lot of files that may not be of interest so changing this to the type of file you want is usually a good thing to do. If you do not get enough results, you can always change it again.

Just remember, if you change this setting to only search for pictures, you will need to change this setting when you want a different file type, unless you have it set to 'All Types of File Attachments'. This seems obvious, but it is easy to overlook if you haven't done a search on Usenet for a couple of days.

That is all that it takes to search all of Usenet.
Just type and download, it's that easy.

Now that you know how to search Usenet there is one more feature you need to know about. Browsing the newsgroups is the most direct form of Usenet access. Take a few minutes and view the tutorial on How to Browse Newsgroups. Even if you don't view any newsgroups now, getting an idea of how to browse later will be very useful for getting the most out of Usenet.