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Now, let's take a look at how to compose email messages from your iPhone or iPod touch. You can compose email from any screen in the Mail App by tapping the Compose button in the lower right-hand corner. This opens a new blank message. You can fill out the fields at the top in any order you like, but let's work our way down. In the To field, either start typing the address of the person you want to send the email to, or press the Plus (+) button to browse through your contacts, and select the recipient from there. If you don't need to use the Cc or Bcc fields, you can just leave them blank. In the From field, you can choose which one of your email addresses you want to send your email from.
I'll leave it as is. Next, type a subject for your email. It's considered good form and a courtesy to include a subject line in your emails, so your recipients know what the email is about and also so they have an additional way of searching for the email later, should they need to refer back to it. All that's left is to type your message. Tap in the body of the message and start typing. Bear in mind that as with most other applications in which you can type, you can rotate the iPhone, or iPod touch to type in Landscape mode, which you might find easier and more comfortable.
You can also apply some basic formatting to your text which you might want to do for emphasis. Just select the word or words you want to format, then click the triangle here which you might find to reveal the Bold, Italics, and Underline options. You can choose any combination of the three. Tap anywhere away from the text to deselect it. You can also adjust the quote level of a paragraph by selecting any word in it and then tapping the triangle until you see the Quote Level button. And here, you can tap to increase or decrease the Quote Level.
You can see these lines appearing on the side as I increase the Quote Level. This can be useful if you're quoting someone else in your email. When you're done typing, you can tap Send to send it off, or if you need to save the message until you have more time to finish it, you can tap Cancel, which gives you the option to either save or delete the message. Tap Save Draft if you want to get back to it later. That places it in the Drafts folder for that email account where you can access it again by navigating out here to the main Mail screen, tapping the account in which you were composing the message, and then tapping Drafts.
Then here, you'll find your saved message. Just tap it to open it again, tap anywhere in it to begin editing, make any necessary changes, and then send it off. So, that's how you compose a message from scratch. Now, other ways to create new messages include replying to a received email, which you do by simply opening a message you've received, and then tapping this curved arrow button.
You're given the choice to Reply and write a message back to the sender or Forward if you want to send the email on to someone else. You can also print the email from here if you're on a network with an AirPrint-enabled printer. I'm just going to cancel that for now. You can also send emails from various apps like your Photo Library or from Safari. But new to iOS 6, you can now attach photos to a new message from the Mail app itself. Previously, you had to go out to your Photo Library to copy a photo, and paste it into your message. But now you can just compose a new message and then just tap where you want the photo to appear in the message. Tap the right triangle once, and choose Insert Photo or Video.
This opens your Photo Library and you can browse to find the photo or video you want to attach. Once you select the photo, it's inserted into your message. Now this doesn't mean you have to start composing a message in order to attach a photo. You can do it in the other direction too. Let's cancel this message and I'm just going to delete the draft, and I'm going to open my Photos app. Let's say you're browsing through your photos and you find a photo you want to send to a friend. I need to tap the screen once to bring the buttons back and now I can tap the Share button, and choose Mail.
That opens a new message with the photo attached. So we can email a photo directly from the Photos app. I'll just cancel that. Similarly, if I come across a web page I want to forward to someone, I can tap the Share button in Safari and choose Mail from here. And again, a new message opens and notice the Subject has been filled in with the title of the web page and the address of the page appears in the body of the message. So, those are some of the main ways you can create a new email message, and how you can add attachments like photos and web links.
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