If you always use Netscape News as soon as you connect to the Internet, it can appear automatically when you start Netscape. If you change your mind later, you can reset Netscape News so it starts only when you ask for it.
Yes, something similar applies with Microsoft Internet Explorer, but the ol' primer only has Netscape information handy.
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