Writing an Email
Above you see the Outlook Express control bar (Your's may look a little different... still you should be able to
follow along.). To begin writing a new email message click on Create Mail. (In Netscape this would be New
Msg). This will pop up the new email message window.
In the box labeled To: type the address of the person you are emailing to (Example: firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you are sending to more than one person you have two choices: either add several email addresses separated by
semi-colons (;) or you can add them in the section labeled CC: which stands for Carbon Copy. Clicking on
the little page looking item next to the To: or CC: will open up your address book, allowing you to pick your recipient
from there. You may also have a BCC: option, which means Blind Carbon Copy. No one that receives the email from you will
see the recipients listed under BCC:.
The Subject: line should have something, but can be anything you like. Remember though that people tend to delete emails
with cryptic subjects due to viruses and spam
The buttons on top do various things: The Send button places the email in your outbox, waiting to be sent
(depending on your email client's settings, the email will either be sent immediately, or it will wait until the next
time you click 'Send and Receive Email'). The button labeled Check checks what you typed into the To and CC
boxes to see if they are either valid email addresses or names that appear in your Address book. Spelling
checks your spelling, (depending on your settings it may check your spelling automatically when sending) and
the Copy, Cut, Paste and Undo buttons allow you standard editing functions within the
email itself. The Attach button deserves special mention. It allows you to send a file (such as a picture
or sound file) with your email. You should be warned that they can be slow to send if you attach a large file.
Additionally, some ISP's have size limits on their customers' email boxes, which means large files will bounce or
fill their box until retrieved. Finally, Valley Internet restricts the transmission of any executable files
through email, due to the large number of viruses that propagate using that method. The Priority button will
allow you to flag this email as more or less important than 'normal'. Most people ignore those tags because they
are greatly overused by people who don't need to use them however.