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Now let's take a look at how to compose email messages from your iOS device. You can compose email from any screen in the Mail app by tapping the Compose button here in the lower right hand corner. This opens a new blank message. You can fill out the fields here in any order you like, but let's work our way down from the top. In the top field, either start by typing the address of the person you want to send the email to, or tap the Plus button to browse through your contacts and select the recipient from there. Or, if you choose to type the address, mail will suggest names from your address book. Just tap a suggestion to choose that address. If you want to send the email to more than one recipient, just type another name.
Notice we also have CC, and BCC fields. They're collapsed by default, but when I tap CC/BCC, those fields become available. Generally CC is used to send a copy of the email to another person, just so they know you sent it to the main recipient. For instance, you might be sending an email to a customer but CC your supervisor to keep him or her in the loop. BCC is used when you want to send a copy of the email to someone else, but without the main recipient knowing. I'll just type another name into the CC field. Now if you don't need to use these fields, you can just leave them blank. And if you want to change any of your recipients to any of the other recipient fields, just drag them where you want.
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. Then all that's left is to type your message. Notice I'm just letting AutoCorrect do its job. Now bear in mind, as with most other applications in which you can type, you can rotate the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad to landscape mode, which you might find easier and more comfortable to type in. Also, you can 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 tap the triangle on the right to browse through the different options here, and that reveals the Bold, Italics, and Underline options. And you can select one or 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 temporarily holding down your finger within that paragraph so you see this menu appear, then tap the triangle to get to the Quote Level menu. And then you can use the buttons to increase or decrease 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 to the main email account here on the main screen, tapping Drafts, and here you'll find your saved message which you can just tap to open again. You can make any edits you might need to. Think I'm going to take the bolding off of that. There we go, and then tap Send to 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 simply by opening a message you received and tapping the curved arrow button. You're given the choice to Reply and write back a message to the sender. Reply All if there's more than one person included in the thread. 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'll just cancel that for now. Another feature you might find useful is the ability to attach photos to your emails from right here in the Mail app. I'll compose a new message, and then just tap and hold down where you want the photo to appear in the message to open this menu, and then browse over to Insert Photo or Video.
This opens your photo library and you can browse to find a photo or video that you want to attach. I'll tap Choose, and you can see that inserts the photo into your message. Now, this doesn't mean you have to start composing a message in order to attach a photo. I'm just going to cancel this and delete the draft. You can also do this in the other direction. I'll press the Home button and go to the Photos app. Let's say you're browsing through your photos and you find one you want to send to a friend. I'll tap Select in the upper right-hand corner, choose a photo, and then tap the Share button here in the lower left-hand corner, and I'll select Mail. That opens a new message with the photo already attached.
And then I can fill in the To field, the Subject and maybe type a message. I'll just cancel that for now and delete the draft. Similarly, if I come across a webpage I want to forward to someone, maybe I'm browsing in Safari, I also have the Share button here. I can choose Mail, and again a new message opens, and notice the subject has been filled in with the title of the webpage, and the address appears here 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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