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Using Mail on iCloud.com

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Video: Using Mail on iCloud.com

iCloud is also represented on the Web. Just point your browser to www.icloud.com, and click on the Sign In button. Enter your Apple ID and Password, and click on right pointing arrow to Sign In. As I record this, the iCloud site bears seven icons, Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, Find My iPhone, and iWork. In this movie, we're going to look just at Mail, as it has a lot of interesting options. To do that, I click on Mail, and here's my ICloud e-mail, as represented in a Web browser. Much like any Web-based e-mail client, you can both send and receive e-mail.

Using Mail on iCloud.com

iCloud is also represented on the Web. Just point your browser to www.icloud.com, and click on the Sign In button. Enter your Apple ID and Password, and click on right pointing arrow to Sign In. As I record this, the iCloud site bears seven icons, Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, Find My iPhone, and iWork. In this movie, we're going to look just at Mail, as it has a lot of interesting options. To do that, I click on Mail, and here's my ICloud e-mail, as represented in a Web browser. Much like any Web-based e-mail client, you can both send and receive e-mail.

To view your mail, just click on your Inbox, and mine is already selected, and then you see any messages that are inside that Inbox. I can a select a message then, and the contents of that message appear to the right. Once I've selected a message, there are certain things I can do with it. For example, I can file it in another folder. I can also delete it by clicking on the trashcan icon, I can archive it by clicking on the storage box icon, and I can reply or forward the message. I can also mark it as Unread, Flagged, or as Junk Mail.

To create a new e-mail message, I just click on the right icon, address it, enter a Subject heading, and then enter something in the message body. Within the message body, you can format your text, so I'll just highlight some text. I can choose a different font. Let's see; we'll try Papyrus. I can change the color. I'll make it a kind of dark green. I can make my text Bold, Undo it, Italic, and Undo that, I can Underline it, I can change the Justification.

I can create lists if I like, Bulleted or Numbered. I can also Indent, or Outdent, and if I like, I can create a Hyperlink. Also, if I want to add an Attachment, I just have to click on this paper clip icon here, and then navigate to a file that's on my computer. For now, let's Cancel. On the left side of the window, you have the option to create new folders, so I'll just click on the plus button, and then press the Return key. At this point, I can then file my mail into that folder. So I'll take this message, click here, and I'll move it to that folder.

It's gone from this list, but when I click on My Favorite Mail, sure enough, here's the message. Before we leave Mail, let's check out its settings by clicking on the Settings icon in the top right corner of the window. I'll now choose Preferences. The General preference is fairly self-explanatory. You can choose to have images load when you receive an HTML message. In some cases, you may not want to allow this option. For example, if you get a lot of junk mail, turn this option Off. You can show all your folders at login, you can show message previews, you can also forward your e-mail to another address, and finally, you can also choose what to do with sent messages, as well as deleted messages.

So by default, sent messages will go to the Sent folder, but you can have them go to a different folder if you like. And the same idea with Trash; let it go to Trash, or choose a different folder. The Accounts tab is more interesting. Here, of course, is your account information, so your iCloud account, a Description of it, your Full Name, and any Email Addresses that are associated with iCloud. In my case, I have both on me.com address, and an icloud.com address. Check out Add an alias at the bottom of this page. This where it gets interesting.

With iCloud, you can create up to three alias e-mail accounts. So in this field, I'd enter something like chrisdoesalias@icloud.com, and then I'll click on OK. It tells me it's completed the job, so I click on Done. So here's my alias. Now what exactly do I do with this thing? Let's say that I go to a shopping site, I register under this address, and then I purchase what I want. Any message that's sent to this alias address will appear in my Inbox, but the sender won't know my real e-mail address, they'll only have this alias.

So I may I want to receive the receipt for my purchase, but nothing else; I don't want any other kind of follow-up advertising. So once I receive the receipt, then I Disable this alias account. When I do that, any e-mails sent to this address will be bounced back to the sender. If I later want to go to another shopping site, I can re-enable this alias address, use it to register on that site, get the receipt I need, and then Disable that again. Now, if after a while, this alias account starts attracting spam, I can delete it altogether, and all I have to do then is Delete Alias.

Once I do that, I can never ever use this alias again, but I will still have the opportunity to create up to three other aliases, and again, I can disable those aliases, as well delete them, and create new ones. And then on to the Composing tab. This too is fairly simple to understand. By default, you include the original message when replying. You can also show a Bcc field. You can send outgoing messages in plain text. You can choose your default address. If you have more than one iCloud address, you can choose which one you want to send from, and you can also add a signature automatically, so enable Add a signature, and type a cheery little message.

In Rules tab, you can create some very basic e-mail rules. So click on Add a Rule, and you see that you have a limited number of conditions. If a message is from, is addressed to, is Cc'd to, is addressed or Cc'd to, or has the subject containing. So we'll choose is from, and then below are the actions it will take when it sees a message that meets the condition. So in this case, you can move it to a specific folder, and you can move it to the trash, or you can forward the message to a specific address. As I say, this is very basic.

The e-mail client on your computer has much more developed filtering. We'll Cancel this. Finally, there's the Vacation tab. If you plan to be away from e-mail for awhile, you can enable this option, and type in a cheery vacation message that will automatically be sent to anyone who writes to you. So I turn the option on here, enter a message, and then I click on Done. You'll still receive your messages, but in return, the sender will only see your vacation message. Be sure to switch this off when you return, so that people don't think that you've run off to join the French Foreign Legion. For now, I'll turn that off, and I'll get rid of that message, and click Done.

To return the to the main iCloud Window, just click on the cloud icon, and that concludes our look at mail within iClouds Web site.

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