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Chapter 6. Exchanging Messages and News > Composing and Sending E-Mail

Composing and Sending E-Mail

E-mail is becoming the primary form of written communication for many people. E-mail messages follow a standard memo format, with fields for the sender, recipient, date, and subject of the message. To send an e-mail message, you need to enter the recipient's e-mail address, type a subject, then type the message itself. You can send the same message to more than one individual, to a contact group, or to a combination of individuals and groups. You can personalize your e-mail messages and newsgroup messages with stationery templates, or you can design your own stationery.

Compose and Send an E-Mail

Click the Create Mail button on the toolbar, or click the Create A New Mail Message link on the Outlook Express start page.

Click the To button to open the Address Book.

TIMESAVER Type the recipient's name or nickname in the To box.

Click a recipient or group.

Click one of the following:

  • The To button if you want the recipient to receive the message and to see the addresses in the To and Cc fields.

  • The Cc button if you want the recipient to receive a copy of the message and to see the addresses in the To and Cc fields.

  • The Bcc button if you want the recipient to receive a copy of the message but not be listed as a recipient on any other copy of the message.

Click OK.

Click in the Subject box, and then enter a brief description of your message.

Click in the message box, and then type the text of your message.

If you want, click the Priority button list arrow on the toolbar, and then select a priority level.

If you want, use the commands on the Formatting toolbar to format your message.

Click the Send button on the toolbar. Or click the File menu, click Send Later, and then click OK to confirm that the message has been placed in your Outbox folder.

If you chose Send Later, click the Send/Recv button on the toolbar to contact the mail server and deliver your message.


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