There are several preferences you can set for composing email.
To compose a new email message, either:
Click on the toolbar.
Right-click on a sender (in the From column) in the Inbox, and select .
Right-click on a sender's name in an email message, and select . The compose page opens with the sender's email address in the To field.
A blank compose page opens. The toolbar is highlighted in the graphic below. You will perform several email tasks using the buttons on this toolbar.
To address an email message, either:
1. Click to place your cursor in the To or Cc fields.
2. Type the email address for each recipient, for example firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Click or to search through your contacts or the global address list.
You can type or add as many addresses as necessary into the To and CC fields, separating each address with a semicolon.
The address fields available are: To, Cc, and Bcc.
To. Use for all primary recipients. All primary recipients see the entire list of addressees when they read the message.
Cc. Carbon copy - Lets you send a copy of a message to someone who's interested but is not the primary recipient. All Cc'ed recipients see the entire list of addressees when they read the message.
Bcc. Blind carbon copy - Lets you send a copy of an email message to someone without his or her address appearing in the copies of the message sent to other recipients.
You can send a message without any addresses in the To field, as long as there is at least one address in either the Cc or Bcc fields.
To add a Bcc field for Bcc addresses:
1. Click the Show BCC toggle, as shown below.
The Bcc field appears in the Compose window.
There are two ways to find an email address:
To use auto-complete to find an email address:
1. Click to place your cursor in the To or Cc field.
2. Begin typing an email address. As you type, email addresses that begin with the characters typed are displayed in a list. In the example shown below, all email addresses beginning with the letter s are displayed.
3. Click the correct address on the list.
As you type more characters into the field, fewer email address matches are displayed in the list. The list disappears if there are no more matches.
To write an email message:
1. Enter the subject of the email in the field.
2. Type the body of the email into the text area, which is beneath the text formatting icons and menus.
Click here to learn How do I format text in an email message?
To check the spelling of your message:
1. Click on the toolbar. Words in the email message that are unknown to the spell checker are highlighted.
2. Click on a highlighted word. A drop-down menu displays suggested corrections.
3. Select the correct word. The word is highlighted in another color.
4. Click at the top of the body to accept your changes and close the spell checker.
Before you close the spell checker you can change a corrected word back to the original spelling. Click on the highlighted word and select the initial spelling from the top of the pop-up.
To save an email as a draft, for later delivery:
1. Click on the toolbar.
The message is saved in the Drafts folder. The number in parentheses beside the Drafts folder in the Overview pane indicates how many draft email messages have been saved.
To open a draft email message:
1. Click the Drafts folder in the Overview pane to open it.
2. Click the draft email message to open it.
To add a signature to an email message:
1. Click in the toolbar. This button is only available in the toolbar if this feature is enabled for your account.
If you have more than one signature, you can choose the appropriate signature from the Signature menu each time you send an email.
Click here to learn How do I create an email signature?
Email messages can include attachments. You can attach documents, spreadsheets, pictures, slide shows, and other types of files.
To attach a file to a message:
1. Compose the email message.
2. Click in the toolbar. The Attach File(s) dialog appears.
3. Click to locate the file.
4. Select the file and click Open. The file name appears in the Attach File 1 field.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for any additional attachments.
6. Click . The compose window appears with the attachment(s) in the header.
7. Click to send the message and the attachment(s).
Recipients of your email message must have the appropriate software to open and read the file. For files created in commonly used packages such as Microsoft Office, other users on a typical desktop system will be able to open them. Common file formats, such as text files, HTML files, and images such as GIF or JPEG files, can be opened in a variety of programs.
To remove an attachment from an email message:
1. Click in the checkbox beside the attachment to deselect it, as shown below.
When the checkbox is unchecked, the attachment will not be included when this email message is sent.
There are two ways to display text in an email message:
To change the view from Plain to Rich text for the current email message:
1. Click Options on the compose toolbar.
2. Select either Format As HTML or Format As Plain Text, as shown below.
You can toggle back and forth between Plain Text and HTML at any time.
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There are several text formatting options available for your email messages, as highlighted in the graphic below.
Show Me: Place your cursor over the text formatting menus and icons highlighted in the dialog box below to learn more.
To format the text in an email message:
1. Select the text you want to format.
2. Click a text formatting icon or select an option from a text formatting menu.
Show Me: Click here to watch how to format text in an email message.