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Now it's time to send and receive some e-mail. In order to do that let's create a new message. I do that by clicking the New Message button at the top of the window. In the To field I'm going to enter my Gmail address and watch what happens as I start typing. Automatically Mail looks to my Address Book entries to see if something matches. If I were sending for example mail to Christian Fletcher, I could choose that address, and that e-mail address is automatically entered. I don't want to do that, so I'll select it and I'll hit the Delete key.
Once again, I start typing my name. Again, it's looking into Address Book to find matches. It hasn't found a match, so I'll continue typing the e-mail address. Okay, that's filled in. The next thing I want to do is to enter a Subject. You don't have to do this, but it is so polite to do this and also some spam filters will filter out your mail if it doesn't have a subject heading. In this case it's going to be a test message, and that's what we'll call it. Now in the body of the message I'm going to type my message.
Look. The spell catcher works here too. So I can Control-click, spell, Control-click on this word, catcher. So as I type I can invoke the spell catcher and make sure that my mail is cleaned up. Now from this From pop-up, I can choose which account I'd like to send it from. I'm going to send it from my .Mac account and then there are no more options. To send the message I simply press Send. Now if I wanted to I can add other elements to my message.
Let's look at the Photo Browser. Oh I love this blue pelicans picture. Let me just drag that into my message. I'll close the Photo Browser. Move it over so I can see the Close button. and here's my message and the image is part of that message. Now I'm going to send it. I click Send. Down here in Mail activity, it tells me what's happening. There goes the message. It's on its way, and that little swooshing sound let's you know that the mail has actually been sent. Alright so I've sent that to myself. I should be able to receive that message any time now.
Let me try clicking the Get Mail button and see if it's ready to be delivered. Oh something's coming in, Mail Activity. And what do I see? Okay my Gmail account indicates to me there is one unread message. To read that message, all I have to do is highlight it and the contents of the message appear below. You'll notice that there is now a Quick Look button here. I click that and I can see what that image looks like.
I can close it again and I can view the contents of my mail message, simply by reading through it. And in the case of an attachment I can look at it. If I wanted to, I can click on this image, and I can drag it to my Desktop to save the image. I don't care to do that right now, so I'll drag it into the Trash. And I will empty the Trash. But this is a very nice way to deal with images that are in line and if you want to get them out of your message, you can simply drag them to the Desktop or anywhere you like. I could put this onto my Macintosh HD for example, simply by dragging it over there. And that is sending and receiving mail.
Alright now I'd like to reply to my message. In order to do so I simply click the Reply button. And what happens when I click the Reply button is a new message shows up, but it is addresses to the person that sent me the message I'm replying to, and in the Subject line, it has Re: or in regard to, Test message. So it is the reply. Here in blue type is the original text of the message. This called a quotation and above it is the time and date that I replied to the message. Now all I have to do is type my response.
And I'll sign it with my name. And now I can send it simply by clicking the Send button, and that sound tells us that our message is on the way. I have my message up here. I don't care to have that anymore. I've looked at it. I love that image, but it's time for it to go. How do I get rid of it? I simply press the Delete button, and it's gone.
And so much for sending and retrieving e-mail. In our next lesson we'll talk about personalizing your e-mail.
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