Tech Tip: Add info to Explorer/Configure moderated newsgroups in Win2K

Learn how to add info to Explorer and configure moderated newsgroups.

Windows 2000 Professional: Add file and folder information to Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer's Details view displays the Name, Size, Type, and Date Modified fields. You can click any of these column titles to change the sort method or sort order of the items displayed in the folder.

However, you might not realize that you can add other columns to the Details view. Right-click any column, and choose something from the list to add. Here are some of your options:

  • Attributes: Displays the attributes of the folder or file.
  • Comments: Displays an optional comment associated with the folder or file.
  • Date Created: Displays the date that someone created the folder or file.
  • Date Accessed: Displays the date that someone last accessed the folder or file.

You also aren't limited to the columns listed in the shortcut menu. Right-click a column and choose More, or go to View | Choose Details. The resulting dialog box lets you choose from several other columns and change the order in which the columns appear in the window.

Some columns might appear useless because they're always blank. However, you can add information to many of them.

Right-click a file or folder, and choose Properties. On the Summary tab, click Advanced. Select the item you want to change, click the text box in the Value column, and enter the information you want to add.

Windows 2000 Server: Configure moderated newsgroups for an NNTP virtual server

Windows 2000 Server's Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP) Service enables you to create a news server to host public or private newsgroups. You can't pull a news feed from another server or accept news feed posts to the server, but the NNTP Service can still be useful for setting up internal discussion groups or providing support to your customers.

In some cases, you might want to set up a moderated newsgroup in which a moderator must review and approve posts before they appear in the newsgroup. Setting up a moderated newsgroup is relatively easy.

Follow these steps:

  1. In the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), expand the NNTP virtual server that you want to display the Newsgroups node.
  2. Create a newsgroup, and then double-click the group to open its properties.
  3. On the General tab, select the Moderated option.
  4. In the Moderator field, enter the e-mail address of the moderator assigned to the newsgroup, and click OK.

For a newsgroup configured as moderated, Windows will forward any new posts to the specified moderator for review and approval.

The newsgroup's properties include a Set Default button. You can click this button to configure the NNTP Service to use the default e-mail domain you specified in the service's general properties and to use the newsgroup name as the e-mail address.

For example, if the newsgroup name is support, and the default domain you specified is, the resulting e-mail address will be When you click Set Default, however, only the newsgroup name appears in the Moderator field. The NNTP service concatenates the two when necessary.