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E-Mail: Postage Free, Same Day Delivery 219 Figure 23.4. You can quickly display the contents of messages you receive. To reply to a message in most e-mail programs, click the Reply or Respond To button. This opens a window that automatically inserts the person's e-mail address and a description of the message. Many e-mail programs also quote the contents of the previous message, so the recipient can easily follow the conversation. To indicate that text has been quoted, e-mail programs typically add a right angle bracket > at the beginning of each quoted line. To respond, type your message in the message area and click the Send button. Exchanging Files Using E-Mail Most e-mail messages are nothing more than three or four lines of text saying very little. People shoot these terse missives back and forth like volleys of buckshot. However, sometimes you want to send something more substantial perhaps an outline for a book, a graphic image of yourself, or a copy of an article you found on the Web. Whatever the case, you can send files along with your messages by creating attachments. The process is fairly simple, but the steps vary depending on which e-mail program you use. In most e- mail programs, you perform the same steps you take for composing and addressing the message. You then click a button (for example, Attach or Insert File). This displays a dialog box that enables you to select the file that you want to send. The dialog box looks just like the dialog box you use to open files. Change to the folder that contains the file you want to send and double-click the file's name. (In most programs, you can attach more than one file to a message.) When you are ready to send the message, along with the attachment, simply click the Send button.