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Composing email

From: iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

Video: Composing email

Now let's take a look at how to compose email messages from your iOS device. This opens a new blank message. Or, if you choose to Just tap a suggestion to choose that address.

Composing email

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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iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

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  1. 4m 46s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. What's new in iOS 7?
      3m 40s
  2. 55m 0s
    1. A tour of the device
      5m 29s
    2. The Lock and Home screens
      2m 39s
    3. Accessing and using Control Center
      4m 37s
    4. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      5m 24s
    5. Learning finger gestures
      4m 1s
    6. Connecting to Wi-Fi networks
      3m 31s
    7. Using the Notification Center
      5m 41s
    8. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Vimeo integration
      4m 59s
    9. Setting up an Apple ID with your iOS device
      4m 21s
    10. Customizing your wallpaper
      4m 40s
    11. Multitasking
      2m 48s
    12. Sharing files with AirDrop
      2m 53s
    13. Enabling and using Touch ID
      3m 57s
  3. 20m 58s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      4m 24s
    2. Fixing typos and using autocorrection
      6m 39s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      3m 3s
    4. Accessing hidden shortcuts
      1m 40s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 53s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 19s
  4. 39m 52s
    1. Connecting your device to your Mac or PC
      5m 37s
    2. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 30s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      6m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a PC
      3m 25s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 54s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 13s
    7. Understanding your backup options
      3m 50s
    8. Using wireless syncing
      2m 24s
    9. Using iTunes Match
      3m 54s
  5. 56m 16s
    1. Basic phone activities
      3m 9s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 11s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 12s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 44s
    5. Blocking numbers
      2m 45s
    6. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 10s
    7. Using FaceTime
      5m 50s
    8. Making conference calls
      3m 1s
    9. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 35s
    10. Sharing contacts
      2m 51s
    11. Assigning photos and ringtones to specific contacts
      3m 34s
    12. Using the included headset
      2m 47s
    13. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 34s
    14. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 53s
  6. 39m 0s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      1m 50s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, or AOL email accounts
      4m 20s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 30s
    4. Keeping your iOS device email synced with your computer
      4m 32s
    5. Composing email
      4m 47s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      9m 22s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 44s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      1m 51s
    9. Setting mail options
      7m 4s
  7. 33m 34s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      8m 11s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      6m 29s
    3. Saving images
      2m 28s
    4. Completing forms and using AutoFill
      4m 34s
    5. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 11s
    6. Getting some privacy
      1m 54s
    7. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 43s
    8. Using iCloud Keychain
      4m 4s
  8. 35m 41s
    1. Browsing your library
      3m 6s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      7m 17s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      2m 37s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 0s
    5. Playing and controlling video
      6m 7s
    6. Adjusting your Music settings
      6m 26s
    7. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      4m 8s
    8. Using AirPlay to stream content from your device to an Apple TV
      3m 0s
  9. 51m 12s
    1. Shooting still photos with your device
      6m 48s
    2. Shooting in HDR
      2m 7s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 34s
    4. Viewing, organizing, and editing photos
      9m 45s
    5. Shooting video
      2m 47s
    6. Shooting slow motion (iPhone 5s)
      3m 23s
    7. Shooting in burst mode (iPhone 5s)
      1m 38s
    8. Viewing and editing video
      2m 33s
    9. Taking screenshots
      1m 23s
    10. Sharing photos and video
      6m 27s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 57s
    12. Syncing your photos with a photo stream
      4m 9s
    13. Creating a shared photo stream
      4m 41s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      3m 57s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 37s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 12s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 15s
    5. Showing traffic and alternative maps
      2m 48s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 34s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 16s
  11. 28m 17s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      10m 55s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 34s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 21s
    4. Using the Clock app
      7m 4s
    5. Setting reminders
      5m 23s
  12. 6m 11s
    1. Using the Notes app
      3m 4s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      3m 7s
  13. 11m 48s
    1. Passbook
      6m 6s
    2. Stocks
      2m 32s
    3. Calculator
      50s
    4. Weather
      2m 20s
  14. 20m 51s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      6m 3s
    2. Browsing the App Store on your iOS device
      6m 15s
    3. Purchasing apps
      7m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      1m 9s
  15. 25m 38s
    1. Airplane mode
      2m 25s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 2s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      4m 7s
    4. The About section
      2m 27s
    5. Usage
      4m 10s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 25s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 21s
    8. Privacy
      4m 41s
  16. 14m 28s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 22s
    2. Using Passcode Lock
      6m 1s
    3. Using Find My iPhone and Activation Lock
      7m 5s
  17. 17m 52s
    1. Introducing Siri
      9m 26s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      4m 1s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 51s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 34s
  18. 16m 33s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 6s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 3s
    3. Rebooting
      43s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      4m 32s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 41s
    7. Optimizing battery life
      5m 41s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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