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Chapter 14. E-mail > Composing a Message

Composing a Message

All of the setup and configuration in the previous sections has prepared you for the big moment when you actually send your first message using OS X Mail. As you’ll see in the following task, creating (known as “composing”) and sending e-mail in OS X Mail is easy. Like any good Macintosh application, OS X Mail provides an attractive, intuitive interface for creating and editing mail messages.

Task: Composing an E-mail Message in OS X Mail

  1. Start OS X Mail. The main OS X Mail window and Mailboxes Drawer display, as shown in Figure 14.10.

    Figure 14.10. The initial OS X Mail screen.


  2. Select the Compose icon from the OS X Mail toolbar. The New Message window displays, as shown in Figure 14.11.

    Figure 14.11. OS X Mail’s New Message window.


  3. Enter the e-mail address of the person to whom you want to send the e-mail. If an entry for this person is already available in your Address Book, display the Address Book by selecting the Window, Address Book menu command (or by pressing the Option++A hot key combination) and select the entry for that person from the Address Book. (Using and managing the Address Book is discussed under “Managing E-mail Addresses” later in this chapter.) You can enter multiple email addresses in this field by separating them by a comma.

  4. Press Tab or use the mouse or touchpad to position the cursor in the CC: (Carbon Copy) field and type (or select from the Address Book) the e-mail address of any other person to whom you want to send a copy of this e-mail message.

  5. Press Tab or use the mouse or touchpad to position the cursor in the Subject field and enter the subject of your e-mail message.

  6. Press Tab or use the mouse or touchpad to position the cursor in the body of your e-mail message (which is initially blank) and enter the text of your e-mail message.

    NOTE

    NOTE

    If you created multiple e-mail accounts in OS X Mail and these accounts are enabled (in the Mail, Preferences, Accounts, Account Options tab), you see the drop-down Account menu shown above the message body in Figure 14.11. Use this menu to select the account to send this mail from.

  7. Once you finish entering the text of your message, click the Send icon in the New Message window to send the mail.


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